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6/24/2019

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Promotes Fireworks Safety


Though fireworks are exciting, festive and fun, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital wants to remind community members that fireworks can also be dangerous.

The National Safety Council recommends that it is best to leave fireworks to the experts. However, if you do decide to use fireworks this summer, the hospital recommends the following firework safety tips to ensure you and your family have a safe yet fun Fourth of July this year:
  • 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 are kept outside and away from faces, clothing and hair.
  • Store properly and buy legally. Buy only legal fireworks and store them in a cool, dry place.
  • Don’t DIY. Never try to make your own fireworks.
  • Be prepared. Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby.
  • Keep a distance. Steer clear of others and never throw or point fireworks at someone.
  • Take precautions. Do not 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.
  • Know your surroundings. Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brushes, leaves and other flammable substances.
  • Quality, not quantity. Light one firework at a time and never relight a dud.
  • Fireworks stay hot. Do not allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event as they may still be hot.
  • Make sure the fire is out. Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.
  • Know the law. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
“If an adult or child is injured by fireworks, immediately call your doctor unless it’s an emergency then you need to go to the hospital or call 911, says Kristin Hayden, PA-C at HSHS Good Shepherd Family Health affiliated with HSHS Medical Group. “If an eye injury occurs, don't 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.”

For more information about firework safety, visit www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer/fireworks.
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About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.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, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visitwww.hospitalsisters.org
 
 


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