Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Backyard BBQ and summer outdoor activities fill our July days. Yet the thrill of fireworks and summer sun can bring pain. At least 200 people a year visit the emergency room on the fourth of July due to fireworks injury. Others seek medical attention for sunburn and dehydration.

Fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burns and eye injuries. Sunburn and summer heat stroke can be avoided. Here are some summer fun safety tips this month from Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries.

First the safety tips for fireworks include:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because it is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional display and may pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have adults supervise fireworks and ignite them.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over fireworks device when lightening the fuse.
  • Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that are not fully lit.
  • Never point or throw fireworks.
  • Keep bucket of water or garden hose handy.
  • Light one at a time.
  • And most importantly, go to a professional display rather than doing fireworks yourself. You will save money and stay safe.

Second other summer safety tips:

  • Always wear sunscreen! Sunscreen should be applied daily and reapplied if you are sweaty and have been in the pool or water.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. 6 to 8 – 8 ounce glasses a day, more if it is hot, humid and you are doing activity out of doors in the heat.
  • Slow down your activities in excessive heat (over 90).

For more summer tips and ways in which a faith community nurse can educate you on staying healthy during this summer, contact Rev. Donna Pupillo at