July 2019 Is National National Fireworks Safety Month and
National Heat Stroke Month
Fireworks Safety Month
"Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. They may be legal but they are not safe."
National Safety Council
If You Choose to Use Legal Fireworks be sure to follow the following safety tips:
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks
- Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
- Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eye wear
- Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
- Never light them indoors
- Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person
- Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
- Never ignite devices in a container
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
- Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
- Never use illegal fireworks
National Heatstroke Prevention Month and Day
"July is National Heatstroke Prevention Month with July 31st being National Heatstroke and Prevention Day. As summer heats up, heatstroke continues to be the number one vehicle-related killer of children, outside of car crashes, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Children are more vulnerable to heatstroke than adults, especially in the summer months and when it starts to get hot outside.
Since 1998, more than 790 children across the United States have died from heatstroke when left unattended in a vehicle. Those deaths have occurred in the following ways:
- The child was forgotten by a caregiver—54 percent.
- The child gained access to an unattended vehicle—26 percent.
- The child was intentionally left in the vehicle by an adult—18 percent.
- The cause of the child’s death is unknown—1 percent.
In 2018, 52 children died from heatstroke, the highest number of deaths on record. Since 2015, there has been a gradual increase in annual deaths from vehicle-related heatstroke.
Preventing Heatstroke Resources