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Savings / Safety Tips for July 2019 from All Safety Products, Inc.

The most dangerous fireworks of all

Shell-and-mortar fireworks cause the highest number of injuries, and the most serious, to those who should know better: Adults.  More than 85 percent of emergency room  visits for fireworks injuries are by adults who used shell-and-mortar type fireworks. 

Nearly 40 percent of all fireworks injuries come from shell-and-mortar devices, according to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.  Although banned in many states, they are nonetheless widely available.  Shell-and-mortar devices usually make the most dramatic displays of large booms with or without starry effects.

This type of explosive has a mortar (usually a steel barrel) that contains a charge to launch a shell. Users are supposed to stick the mortar in the ground pointed up and away, insert a shell, light the fuse, and run. Between each of those steps there can be trouble. The problem with shell-and-mortar devices is that when they fail, they can cause serious injuries. If they are used improperly they can cause horrible injuries.

The most notorious recent case was of a Montana man, who foolishly held the mortar over his head and lit the fuse. According to The Seattle Times, the mortar failed and the shell never left the tube. However, it did explode. He lost four fingers. He had a toe removed to replace one of his thumbs.     

Not all injuries happen because of foolish acts. Simply checking to see why an explosive didn't fire can be deadly. Always stay away from duds and spray thoroughly with water. Mortars can misfire and send a shell in unexpected directions. Homemade shell-and-mortars cause many injuries and deaths.

PVC pipe, when used as a mortar, can shatter sending pieces more than 15 feet. Inadequate metal tubing can shatter and send shrapnel many feet.  Hand injuries are the most common, followed by face and brain injuries.

According to Newser, more than a third of those who suffered a serious hand injury from a firework had at least a partial amputation. At least 70 percent of shell-and-mortar eye injuries result in at least some loss of vision. Young men are most likely to risk using shell-and-mortar type fireworks, the AJEM reported. desperately needed. And they are that.


Health Alert/Tip: Heat On The Job

July through August are dangerous months for heat. Don't be fooled into thinking  you can always do the same work at the same intensity in high heat. At minimum, work in high heat requires regular hydration combined with cooling breaks.

Heat exhaustion is caused by loss of water, sometimes through excessive sweating. This dehydration causes muscle cramps, weakness, and vomiting.  When symptoms of heat exhaustion arise, move the person to an air-conditioned area, even a car, and give small sips of water. Remove some clothing to increase air circulation.

A cool mist or even a cool cloth can help.

Heat stroke is the most serious disorder. Skin becomes hot and dry. The body temperature rises. The victim may feel dizzy and confused, or even hallucinate. Heat stroke  is an emergency. Call an ambulance immediately. While waiting for help, get the patient to an air-conditioned space, soak clothing with cool water, and sponge cool water on the face and arms.


Delicious Recipe: An appetizer with a pop for the 4th of July

While the grill gets most of the attention on the fourth of July, the best parties have great appetizers to feed hungry guests while the rest of the food is cooking.

Sally's Baking Addiction has a tasty version of bacon-wrapped cheesy stuffed jalapenos that are packed with flavor but won't fill you up!

Recipe: Bacon-wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapenos


12 fresh jalapeno peppers (you can substitute mini sweet peppers for less spice)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup of shredded cheddar, Mexican, or pepper jack cheese
1 clove garlic, chopped  1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
12 slices bacon, cut in half  24 toothpicks


1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat. Put a baking rack on top of the baking sheet, and set aside for now.

2. Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise. Be sure to remove the seeds and center membrane and then set aside.

3. Grab a handheld or electric mixer, preferably with a paddle attachment. Beat the cream cheese, garlic, paprika, and cheese together until combined. In a pinch, a rubber spatula will do. Salt to taste, usually just a pinch. Use a spoon to fill the jalapenos equally.

4. Wrap each of your stuffed jalapenos with a half slice of bacon and then stick  a toothpick through the middle to make sure the bacon stays in place. Put them on the baking rack and leave them in the oven for 25-28 minutes or until the bacon is cooked to your preference.

If you turn the oven on broil for a couple of minutes at the end, it will get everything a little crispier.


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