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Premier Primary Wishes You a Happy 4th of July 2023 – Stay Safe with Fireworks!

The United States of America is a country that holds dear its celebrated history and stands proud and tall in its traditions and culture. Among all the other traditions and histories, the one that resonates the most with Americans is the celebration of the 4th of July. It was on this day in 1776 that the Continental Congress declared the thirteen British colonies as a nation, thus birthing the freedom and democracy that we enjoy today. 

Premier Primary wishes all our readers a very Happy 4th of July 2023! As we enjoy the day with our families and friends, let us not forget the safety aspect of it. As much as we love watching the fireworks, we need to be vigilant and cautious about handling them.

 

1. Firework-Related Accidents: 


A big part of the 4th of July celebrations is the fireworks display that illuminates the skies, but it is the same fireworks that cause a lot of accidents. Injuries caused by fireworks are not something to be taken lightly. In the year 2022 alone, around 18,000 fireworks-related incidents were reported across the nation. A majority of the victims who were injured due to fireworks accidents have been children below the age of 15. Thus, we urge all our readers to exercise caution when handling fireworks and make it a priority to keep their children out of harm's way.

2. Safety Tips: 


During the festival of Independence day, keeping safety tips in mind is essential. It is always best to be prepared and know the basics of fireworks safety. Firstly, always purchase fireworks from reliable vendors and always insist on following the manufacturer's instructions while handling fireworks. Secondly, make sure to keep a bucket of water nearby when using fireworks and never stand over the top of them when lighting them. Finally, it's always best to wear hand gloves and safety glasses to prevent any injury while lighting them.

3. Pets and Fireworks: 


While fireworks can cause a risk to human well-being, they also lead to added stress and anxiety to pets. Many pets suffer severe panic attacks and suffer from anxiety due to sudden and loud noises. Pet owners need to understand that the 4th of July fireworks can be highly traumatic for pets. It is better to keep them inside the house and make them as comfortable as possible during this time.

4. Alternatives to Fireworks: 


There are many alternative ways to celebrate the 4th of July other than fireworks. You can opt for sparklers, smoke bombs, and confetti poppers that are relatively safer options for children. If you are looking to stay safe and avoid using fireworks altogether, we suggest attending public, organized fireworks displays that are managed by professionals and are typically safer.

 

Premier Primary wishes you a very Happy 4th of July 2023, but we also want you to stay safe and have a great time. Celebrating the heritage and traditions of the United States of America with friends and family is essential, but it is equally important to keep in mind the safety factors that are involved. Fireworks are an important part of the 4th of July celebrations, but they can be hazardous if not handled responsibly. Being cautious while using them can prevent accidents, and this in turn, will make the celebrations even more enjoyable. So, let us all have a fun-filled and injury-free 4th of July celebration this year!

Author
Suresh Lohano M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.P., F.H.M.

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