A NOT so gentle reminder about the medical and mental health HAZARDS of fireworks, not just around Independence Day but any day in the #COVID19 era…
(REPOST/Originally published 2017, due to the safety issues this blog addresses, especially now in the COVID-19 era, as well as with all the social unrest thought it was worth re-working and re-publishing)
For those who shoot off fireworks near their cabin, that doesn’t have any neighbors within a 100 acre radius, this blog isn’t for you….Although it still might help due to the safety issues consumer fireworks, pose on people,pets and property.
As Independence Day approaches, this needs to be said. I LOVE elaborate firework displays, as far as municipal/professional firework displays, executed by pyrotechnic professionals , just like most people, who might be sad that they are cancelled this year because of COVID-19.
While I don’t have PTSD triggers from fireworks ( I do from other life issues), lots of people and pets, DO have PTSD triggers from fireworks.
Although the noise from fireworks, does cause physical and emotional distress for me personally, as I get older and more sensitive to noise and light, but can’t be classified as a PTSD trigger, as it for so many people.
And that’s one of the the reasons for this blog. The safety issues that consumer fireworks can pose, is the other reason for this blog.
As well as the reason why this blog is being re-written, is given the increase in amount of consumer firework usage in 2020, which while great for makers of those products, it’s not so great for so many where the noise is nuisance at best, to causing panic and fear and increase risk of injury being an additional unnecessary health threat in already overworked healthcare system.
The above links do explain the PTSD triggers and physical and emotional distress that fireworks can cause in our military people with PTSD, babies and toddlers and pets.
Consumer fireworks can also cause PTSD triggers in people who have survived shootings and/or have lost a loved one, who either died or survived a being shot by a gun.
Going into this weekend and the holiday weekend afterwards and going forward, this is a gentle reminder, that if one loves to shoot off consumer fireworks, please understand you could be cause psychological if not physical harm to both people and pets.
So please keep in mind, that while even if it may be legal for you to shoot off consumer fireworks, it’s not a good idea for multiple reasons to do so over and over on any given day or night.
In addition to the PTSD trigger issues that it may trigger in what I said in above and in links, 8 people died and 11,400 people were injured due to consumer fireworks in 2013. That’s an increase from years prior, as more states have made them legal.
Just because they are legal, doesn’t mean they aren’t a safety hazard both physically and mentally, is the point I’m trying to get across.
And if you’re going to do so, do so on the 4th of July, around dusk, when people expect to have to deal with the noise from them.
Any other day and any other time, makes it harder on those with PTSD triggers and is still a safety threat.
So if you wouldn’t drive a car or operate a boat, intoxicated, don’t think that you’re any better off personally or to the public , if you’re randomly shooting fireworks, to either celebrate the 4th of July or any other holiday or personal celebration, multiple times on random days or nights.
There are better ways to show that you’re patriotic, that doesn’t have an adverse effect on others, like consumer fireworks DO.
Don’t even bother trying to argue with me, that this a free country and you can do what you like, just because it may be legal, where you live.
People who fought for your freedoms, are being adversely effected by consumer fireworks being launched on any other day or time, so you’re not honoring them.
What you’re actually doing is showing that you’re a jerk, with a total disregard for people, pets and the general public, by launching fireworks at any other time, than dusk on the 4th of July.
So if boredom is one of the reasons that consumer firework sales and usage is up this year, instead of scaring babies, toddlers and pets unnecessarily, how about learning a new skill?
A great wise witty blogger has suggested for those so bored during the pandemic and maybe that’s why some are shooting off fireworks willy nilly, how about doing something quietly useful, like learning how to save a life:
There’s many ways to honor our nation and our nation’s birthday without explosives, exploitation, cancel culture and death threats, just cause someone differs in aesthetics and opinions than one another, that does actually honor and celebrates our great diverse nation, not divides and tries to decimate it.
Note: Respectful difference of opinions will be published. Feedback as far as those who suffer from PTSD triggered by consumer fireworks are also welcomed.
Disrespectful comments are not going to be welcomed , NOR will they be published.
My blog, while NOT a dictatorship, ain’t a democracy, either. So please don’t waste your time or mine, with anything hateful. Thanks!!!!