Medford, Ore. — The 4th of July is a holiday spent with family and friends enjoying our freedom. However, it can be a dangerous, and even deadly holiday.
In fact, officials say Oregon averages about 150 firework-related injuries every single year. Last year, there was also a death in Oregon related to fireworks.
That’s why Providence Medford Medical Center is urging you to follow four easy steps, called “The Four B’s.”
Be Prepared: Have water and fire extinguishers on hand
Be Responsible: Follow all directions and only use legal fireworks
Be Safe: Only allow adults to handle fireworks and never try to relight a dud
Be Aware: Know what you’re dealing with, so you don’t make mistakes. For instance, sparklers burn hotter than the heat it takes to melt glass.