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SMHC Offers Important Safety Tips for Handling Fireworks

This Independence Day, Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC), along with the National Council on Fireworks Safety, recommends that the best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home – period. It is safest to leave the lighting to professionals and enjoy public fireworks displays.

If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them. However, if the use of consumer fireworks is permitted in your community, here are some important safety tips to keep in mind:
•    Children should never play with fireworks. Even sparklers, which can reach 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, can cause serious injury.
•    Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water or hose nearby in case of accidents.
•    Follow the instructions for use on the package, do not alter or combine fireworks.
•    Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting.
•    Point fireworks away from people, homes and flammable materials.
•    Never light fireworks in a glass or metal container and never relight a dud.

If you or a family member is injured by fireworks, seek medical attention immediately by calling 911 or visiting your local emergency department. SMHC provides Emergency Care 24/7 at its Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. Non-emergency care is also available 7 days a week from 10 am to 7 pm at SMHC’s Walk-In Care Center in Kennebunk, Saco and Waterboro.  Visit for more information.

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