We all love a great fireworks display, but it is really best left to experts to put one on. Even then, accidents happen, like when a fire chief in Illinois was demonstrating the dangers of fireworks a few years ago and one shot into a crowd and injured a safety worker. Fireworks aren’t the only dangers this weekend, either. Here are some tips to keep feet safe over the upcoming holiday:
- Sparklers – These cause a high percentage of all fireworks injuries. The hot sparks (as high as 1000 degrees) can land on kids’ feet and arms, and stepping on or contact with the hot wire can cause serious burns. It should be held away from the body and doused in water as soon as the flames go out.
- Ground-based fireworks – If they don’t go off, saturate them with a hose before approaching to make sure they won’t explode.
- Public fireworks – Stay far enough away from the launch site and make sure the debris won’t fall on you. Don’t walk where the hot embers land—they could still burn your feet.
- Grilling – Don’t allow kids or pets within 3 feet of a hot grill, and keep it away from your house and flammable furniture and branches as well. Besides contact with the hot grill, hot grease can splatter on skin and cause burns.
- Footwear – Flip flops and sandals are not ideal footwear when you are around fire. The whole family should wear closed shoes to protect feet from burns.
- Sunburn – Long hours outdoors under a hot Arizona sun requires the use of sunscreen so skin doesn’t burn, and this goes for your feet as well as the rest of you.
Use common sense, and remember that alcohol and fireworks do not mix. A designated non-drinker should handle all the lighting and keep people away from danger. If an injury occurs, you can contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for treatment by calling (480) 963-9000 in Chandler, AZ or (480) 981-1800 in Gilbert. We wish you a safe and happy Independence Day!