Northwest NEWS

June 25, 2001

Editorial

Celebrate the Fourth with public fireworks displays

The year 2000 was a good year for our injury prevention efforts in Snohomish County.The Safe Kids Coalition of Snohomish County is happy to report that the number of fireworks injuries seen at Providence Everett Medical Center declined significantly from the incidents noted in 1998 and 1999.
   Providence Everett Medical Center had the dubious distinction in those previous years of seeing more than 25 percent of all the reported fireworks injuries in the state of Washington. In 1999 we had one child from our community die and many permanently impaired from injuries resulting from explosives.
   We would like to credit the written and broadcast media for getting the word out to parents of the danger of fireworks and explosives. We would like to thank the Tulalip Tribes for their efforts in eliminating the sales of unlawful products. We need to recognize the diligence of law enforcement and parents in recognition and prevention. Our coalition would like to see this effort continued for the year 2001. It is our aim to eliminate all injuries from fireworks and explosives.
   Please make certain that if you use fireworks, they are legal, safe and sane. Make certain that all fireworks are used in a safe manner with parental supervision. Even apparently safe devices can be used improperly and cause lifelong disabilities. We would encourage families to go and view public displays as an alternative to using potentially dangerous devices.
   With the combined efforts of all of those involved, we hope to achieve our goal of eliminating these serious injuries from our community. Remember that injuries are not "accidents." They are both predictable and preventable. Do your part to protect our children.
   Anthony J. Roon, M.D., F.A.C.S.,
   Medical Director of Trauma Services, Providence Everett Medical Center
   Spokesperson, Safe Kids Coalition of Snohomish County
   Becky Martin, R.N., A.P.N.
   Trauma Coordinator, Providence Everett Medical Center