Avoid preventable accidents during festivities

Every year, hospitals treat young people injured by incidents on the holiday.

April 22, 2015 02:33
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Israel Independence Day

Beachgoers watch the Israeli Air Force Aerobatic team rehearse over the Mediterranean Sea in preparation for an aerial display on Israel's Independence Day in Tel Aviv April 20, 2015.. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Every Independence Day, the joy and togetherness of the holiday are halted for some families when members are injured in preventable accidents.

The Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva has issued advice on how to avoid them during outings, picnics and festivities.

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Every year, said doctors, the hospital treats young people injured by explosives, burns at barbecues, spray foam in the eyes and other incidents on the holiday.

Prof. Yehezkel Weissman, head of the emergency department, recommends not using spray foam cans, as the foam contains chemicals that can damage the eyes. If they are nevertheless used, never aim them at the eyes, but if careless accidents occur, wash the eyes carefully with lots of tap water and seek medical care.

At barbecues, keep children away from fires to avoid burns, which should be cooled with water and bandaged. While eating, children should do so sitting down and not while playing to avoid choking.

Do not allow children under five to eat meat that is hard to chew. Slide hot dogs into strips rather than rounds so they do not clog their breathing tube. Do not let children under five near any types of nuts or other hard snacks.

Keep fire-lighting fluid away from the reach of children.

Dry material to light barbecues is preferable to liquid.

Do not throw spray cans to be thrown into bonfires, as they will explode. Watch out for sparks. Take with you any garbage or dispose of it properly, and make sure to douse completely all bonfires.

Igor Doskovich, who is in charge of standards in the Economy Ministry, urged parents against buying caps for toy pistols or other explosives.

But if people buy them anyway, at the very least do not carry them in pants pockets, where they can explode, or play with them, he said.

Injured limbs should be washed and bandaged, and the patient taken to emergency medical facilities.

Any such toys that are not labeled in Hebrew with the name and address of the manufacturer or imported are illegal and should be avoided.

Do not give infants and toddlers under three any toys that are marked for use only above that age.

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