Fireworks Safety

Fireworks Safety


A 3-Step Guide to a Safer Celebration

According to a new CPSC report of fireworks incidents in 2016, 11,100 consumers were injured and treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms and four died as a result of direct impact from fireworks.

Children younger than 5 had the second highest rate of injury behind young adults ages 20 to 24. Injuries associated with consumer fireworks were most often burns to the hands, face and head. Many of the fireworks injuries were a result of misuse or malfunction of fireworks.

What is considered misuse?

  • Mischief

  • Lighting fireworks inside a body part or in hand

What is a malfunction?

  • Fireworks straying off course
  • Short fuses
  • Blowouts and fragment pieces
  • Tip-over incidents

The four fireworks-related deaths were associated with illegal or professional devices. Three of the four deaths involved reloadable aerial devices, and the fourth involved illegal home manufacturing.

What are the 3 Steps to a Safer Celebration?

  1. Never allow children to handle a firework device.
  2. Check local laws and only use legal, consumer-grade fireworks.
  3. Leave professional fireworks to the professionals.

For more information, visit our Fireworks Information Center.

Family Fun Color Run

Thanks to all of the volunteers, participants and families for making the Family Fun Color Run a success.



Sponsored by the Andrew County Health Department

June is National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month


Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries. During National Safety Month, the Andrew County Health Department is working with community members to help reduce the risk of injuries. This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, swimming safety, fireworks safety, and slips, trips, and falls.

  • Prescription painkiller abuse: Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women die every day from a prescription painkiller overdose – more than 4 times as many as back in 1999.
  • Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating–distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 5 crashes (17%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.
  • Swimming safety: Drowning is the second most common cause of death from injuries among kids under the age of 14. Drowning can happen so fast — sometimes in less than 2 minutes after a person's head goes under the water. That leaves very little time for someone to help.
  • Fireworks safety: Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. 230 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.
  • Slips, trips, and falls: One in 3 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems.

You can make a difference. Find out ways to help reduce the risk of these safety issues. 

Prescription Painkiller abuse;

Transportation Safety; 

Swimming Safety; 

Fireworks Information Center; 

Slips, trips, and falls; 

This project is/was funded in part by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Maternal and Child Health Services Contract #DH150006012 and is/was supported by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant #B04MC28109, Maternal and Child Health Services for $9,095,311, of which $0 is from non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Help Wanted

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE - Andrew County Health Department

The Andrew County Health Department is accepting applications for the temporary part time position of Public Health Nurse. This position will be responsible for working in the health department clinic, providing health education, program coordination, worksite health promotion, WIC client services, and promoting healthy living activities in the community. Candidates must be a Registered Nurse (RN) and possess a current Missouri nursing license. Resumes will be accepted until June 1, 2017 and may be e-mailed to; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to P.O. Box 271 Savannah, MO 64485 Attn: Andrew Hoffman, Administrator.



The Andrew County Health Department is accepting applications for a Public Health Emergency Planner.  This is a contracted position responsible for the planning, organization, and administration of emergency preparedness activities for the agency within the county and Region H.  Requirements; Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in public health, nursing, health care administration, biological, physical or environmental science, health and human services, epidemiology, personnel or business administration.  Strong understanding of core public health functions, competencies, and essential services.  Advanced knowledge of laws, regulations and policies relating to public health powers and duties, local government organizations, healthcare systems and community resources and their functions as related to public health preparedness and response, disease reporting and surveillance.  Bids may be brought in to 106 North 5th Street or mailed to Andrew County Health Department, PO Box 271, Savannah, MO 64485 prior to 4:00 pm May 12, 2017.   For additional information contact Andrew Hoffman, Administrator at 816-324-3139 from 7:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday.  


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