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Fireworks safety can prevent Independence Day injuries

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By Grace Angotti

 The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence on July 4, 1776.

A special study conducted by U.S. Consum-er Product Safety Commis-sion found that 65 percent of all fireworks injuries in 2011 were sustained during the 30 days surrounding the Independence Day holiday.

More than half of these injuries were the result of unexpected ignition of the device or consumers not using fireworks as intended. Fireworks injuries most often resulted in burns to the hands and head, including the eyes, face, and ears. According to the special study, sparklers, firecrackers and aerial devices were associated with the most incidents.

Consumers who decide to purchase legal fireworks are urged to take these safety steps:

• Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

• Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Parents may not realize that young children suffer many injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees-hot enough to melt some metals.

• Always have an adult closely supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.

• Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

• Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

• Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

• Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

• Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

This July 4 with our extremely dry weather conditions, please take special precautions in using fireworks or burning any fire – grilling outside or any fire. 

Ovarian cancer screening

On Monday, July 9, Carroll County Extension Homemaker members and other interested women  are invited to go with us to the University of Kentucky in Lexington for their annual ovarian cancer screening.

Trans-vaginal ultrasound screening is done free of charge for Homemaker members at the UK Markey Cancer Center. This is generally for those over age 50, but anyone with a history of cancer in their family may be screened.

Screening will take place at 2 p.m. There is no cost for the screening.

Plan to leave Carrollton at 10 a.m. Lunch (pay on your own) will be at Logan’s Steakhouse at noon. Transportation will be provided. Call the Extension office by July 3 to sign up.

Dates of interest

July 9:Ovarian cancer screening, depart for UK at 10 a.m. Call to sign up to attend.

July 14:Yoga for Everyone, 9 a.m-10 a.m., Carroll County Extension Office (First session of 4 month series).

July 16-20:Youth Sewing Camp, 9 a.m.-noon, Carroll County Extension Office

July 24:Tasty Travels across America, noon, and again at 6 p.m., Boone County Extension Office.

 

Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.