Fireworks have traditionally been synonymous with the 4th of July. While just about everyone agrees they are usually pretty beautiful, most of us know they can also be downright dangerous if not used with the proper level of caution.
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Here's something I wasn't aware of, and that you might not know either. Simply handling unlit fireworks can present danger because -- though the majority of fireworks exposures are not poisonous -- chemically, firecrackers and other pyrotechnics can potentially consist of toxic potassium nitrate or perchlorate, sulfur or chlorine, carbon, starch and metals (that produce the colorful effects).
|Chinese firecracker assortment, Image provided by CPCS|
I'd add that, unlike edible food items, ingredients of fireworks don't have be listed on product labels by law and it's best to err on the side of caution because you can never be quite sure if the fireworks you're using were manufactured with unsafe toxic materials. Also, keep in mind that even if they don't put the actual object in their mouth or eat them, unignited fireworks can be hazardous if a kid simply touches them because unwashed hands often end up in or near their mouth and they might ingest poisonous residue without either of you realizing it.
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The statistics are alarming. In 2009, poison centers across the country received more than 1,000 calls about exposures to fireworks and explosives. Of those, more than 750 involved children younger than six years old.
“If you suspect that your child or pet ingested fireworks, immediate medical attention is needed,” Dr. Heard advises parents and caregivers.
Most importantly of all, follow all of these CPCS Safety Tips when enjoying backyard fireworks with your family, kids and friends.
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What to Do in Case of Poisoning
In case of an accidental poisoning, consumers should immediately call 1-800-222-1222 (same number is good in all 50 states) for advice. Pharmacists, nurses, physician-toxicologists and poison information providers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help. In most cases, poison exposure can be safely managed in your home, avoiding a call to 911 or a visit to a crowded hospital emergency room. Many parents think about contacting the poison control services only in case of an emergency, but experts are available to answer questions any time.
|Image from CalPoison.Org|
About California Poison Control System (CPCS)
As a non-profit CPCS offers a range of information and free resources. Learn more about the various poison issues by following CPCS on Facebook and on Twitter. Sign up for weekly safety text messages to your cell phone by texting TIPS to 69866. You are also invited to download a free iPhone and Android app, Choose Your Poison published by the University of California San Francisco.
Please Leave a Comment And Share
What other ideas do you have about this important topic? Have you ever been involved with a fireworks poison incident or know someone who has? Feel free to leave a comment and tell us.
Have a Safe, Happy July 4th!
|Enjoy the show, Image provided by CPCS|