Local News | June 29, 2021

Fireworks, flames and safety

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.—The Fourth of July is celebrated annually through traditions such as barbeques, parties and fireworks, however, it is also a prime time for unnecessary injuries.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2018, there were approximately 19,500 fires started by fireworks were reported to local fire departments in the United States.

“Safety is important in every aspect to preserve life and prevent injury while still being able to enjoy freedoms such as fireworks,” said Tech. Sgt. Jon Murphy, 22nd Wing Staff Agencies occupational safety manager. “The Air Force has experienced multiple serious injuries due to the misuse of fireworks and wants to make sure that people are properly using them so they can come safely back to work on Monday.”

Although no fireworks are permitted on base, McConnell is doing its part in firework safety by following local guidance on fireworks which can be found at https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/fire/fire-prevention-division/fireworks-in-sedgwick-county/#:~:text=Sedgwick%20County%20Laws,unincorporated%20areas%20of%20Sedgwick%20County.

While using fireworks, it is vital to use precautions such as protective eye wear, hearing protection and punks, which are long tools used to light the firework while allowing the individual to keep a safe distance.
Some other ways to minimize risk factors are:
• Keeping a safe distance from all lit fireworks.
• Having an adult to supervise children around fireworks. Many people don't realize that sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and can cause severe skin damage.
• Never place any part of your body directly over a firework device when lighting a fuse.
• Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.
• Never point or throw fireworks at yourself or another person.
• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishaps.
• Light fireworks one at a time.
• Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
• After fireworks complete their burning, douse the remains with water before discarding to prevent trash fires.
• Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
• Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because it is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
For more information regarding safety precautions or to pick up a punk stick please reach out to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing Safety office at (316) 759 – 3216.
Baby boy asleep on his back in a crib

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: How to Keep Babies...

Local News
Dec. 02, 2021

More than 1,000 young babies die in their sleep every year in America due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome,...
Read More
Photo By Ryan Graham | U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, M.D., director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Command Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Gragg, the senior enlisted leader for the DHA, Command Sgt. Maj. Albert Harris, the senior enlisted advisor for Madigan Army Medical Center and Col. Jonathan C. Taylor, M.D., the new Puget Sound Market director, (left to right) unfurl the flag of the Puget Sound Market in a ceremony to recognize the establishment of the Market on Dec. 1 at Madigan.

Puget Sound Market Stands Up with Integration in...

Local News
Dec. 02, 2021

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. – U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, M.D., director...
Read More
Following a 2021 DHA procedural instruction to standardize clinical care processes and resources to prevent and treat post-partum hemorrhage incidents across the Military Health System, the Women’s Health Clinical Management Team drove a campaign to educate and train care staff and implement a post-partum hemorrhage bundle at 12 military hospitals in two initial waves. (Photo: Jacob Sippel, Naval Hospital Jacksonville/Released)

How Health Care for New Mothers is Improving Acr...

Local News
Nov. 24, 2021

For years the Military Health System has provided new mothers with high-quality care that consistently tops...
Read More
DHA ceremony

Local Military Medical Units Combine into Medica...

Local News
Nov. 22, 2021

The new organization is the Florida Panhandle Market.
Read More
The Defense Logistics Agency is receiving, packing and shipping pediatric doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine overseas for children, ages 5 to 11, of Defense Department personnel.

Defense Logistics Agency Ships Vaccines for Chil...

Local News
Nov. 05, 2021

The Defense Logistics Agency is receiving, packing and shipping pediatric doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine...
Read More
Photo By Hugh Fleming | Hawaii Market Director Col. Martin Doperak.

Hawaii Market Strengthens DoD’s Medical Readines...

Local News
Oct. 21, 2021

Dr. Brian Lein, assistant director for health care administration for the Defense Health Agency (DHA), and the...
Read More
Capt. David Adams, commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS), receives an influenza vaccine from Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class David Manes at CFAS Sept. 29, 2021. Active duty personnel are required to be vaccinated annually prior to the winter flu season (Photo by: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Ikusebiala).

Flu Shots are Available Now And Are More Importa...

Local News
Oct. 15, 2021

It's time to get your influenza shot.
Read More
OINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – Fleet Surgical Teams Two and Four made recent medical history, becoming the Navy’s first FSTs to complete the Army’s rigorous Strategic Trauma Readiness Center of San Antonio’s (STaRC) trauma readiness training course.

Navy surgical teams first to participate in Army...

Local News
Oct. 15, 2021

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – Fleet Surgical Teams Two and Four made recent medical...
Read More

Local News

 

 

Local News | June 29, 2021

Fireworks, flames and safety

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.—The Fourth of July is celebrated annually through traditions such as barbeques, parties and fireworks, however, it is also a prime time for unnecessary injuries.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2018, there were approximately 19,500 fires started by fireworks were reported to local fire departments in the United States.

“Safety is important in every aspect to preserve life and prevent injury while still being able to enjoy freedoms such as fireworks,” said Tech. Sgt. Jon Murphy, 22nd Wing Staff Agencies occupational safety manager. “The Air Force has experienced multiple serious injuries due to the misuse of fireworks and wants to make sure that people are properly using them so they can come safely back to work on Monday.”

Although no fireworks are permitted on base, McConnell is doing its part in firework safety by following local guidance on fireworks which can be found at https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/fire/fire-prevention-division/fireworks-in-sedgwick-county/#:~:text=Sedgwick%20County%20Laws,unincorporated%20areas%20of%20Sedgwick%20County.

While using fireworks, it is vital to use precautions such as protective eye wear, hearing protection and punks, which are long tools used to light the firework while allowing the individual to keep a safe distance.
Some other ways to minimize risk factors are:
• Keeping a safe distance from all lit fireworks.
• Having an adult to supervise children around fireworks. Many people don't realize that sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and can cause severe skin damage.
• Never place any part of your body directly over a firework device when lighting a fuse.
• Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.
• Never point or throw fireworks at yourself or another person.
• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishaps.
• Light fireworks one at a time.
• Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
• After fireworks complete their burning, douse the remains with water before discarding to prevent trash fires.
• Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
• Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because it is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
For more information regarding safety precautions or to pick up a punk stick please reach out to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing Safety office at (316) 759 – 3216.
Learn More about COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Vaccine.