Sheboygan – Though fireworks can be exciting, festive and fun - they can also be very dangerous. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital and Prevea Health recommend the following tips and reminders to ensure a safe experience: 

  1. Children should never play with fireworks. Firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers can be extremely dangerous if not used properly. If you give sparklers to kids, make sure they keep them outside and away from their faces, clothing and hair.

  2. Store properly and buy legally. Only buy legal fireworks and store them in a cool, dry place.

  3. Don’t DIY. Never try to make your own fireworks.

  4. Be prepared.  Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and hose nearby.

  5. Keep a distance. Steer clear of others and never throw or point fireworks at someone.

  6. Take precautions. Don't hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting. Wear some sort of eye protection, and avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket.

  7. Know your surroundings. Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brushes, leaves and other flammable substances.

  8. Quality, not quantity. Light one firework at a time and never relight a dud.

  9. Fireworks stay hot. Don't allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event as they may still be hot.

  10. Make sure the fire is out. Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.

  11. Know the law. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

  12. Better yet, leave fireworks to the experts. This is the recommended course of action by the National Safety Council.

If an adult or child is injured by fireworks, immediately call your doctor or go to the hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don't allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause more damage.  If it's a burn, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool, not cold, water over the burn and then call your doctor immediately.
 
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About HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital
HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital has been delivering high quality health care to Sheboygan and its surrounding communities since 1890. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital provides a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, 24-hour emergency care, digestive health, orthopedics, cardiac, home health and hospice care. The hospital’s primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of high quality and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  An affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. To learn more, visit www.stnicholashospital.org.

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.  For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.
 
About Prevea Health
Prevea Health’s mission is to care for people with passion, pride, and respect. Founded in 1996, Prevea Health partners with HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, to provide access to more than 200 physicians in more than 60 specialty areas. Prevea has more than 80 locations throughout Northeast Wisconsin and Western Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley region. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.

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HSHS Wisconsin
Office: (920) 272-3360
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