ER Provider Encourages Fireworks Safety

July is National Fireworks Safety Month, and we are excited to feature our newest Emergency Services provider to share her tips on enjoying Independence Day safely when handling sparklers, fountains and more.

Sandra J. Layden, FNP-BC, ENP-C, joined Washington Regional Medical Center in April and brings a wealth of experience from emergency departments and urgent care, medical/surgical units, and family medicine at a variety of hospitals and health systems. Most recently, she served as an adjunct faculty member in the Physician Assistant Programs at Indiana State University and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

“Even if fireworks are legal in your area, I typically advise my patients to enjoy the public displays provided by professionals and avoid using fireworks at home,” Layden said. “Not only can they cause injuries, but fireworks are also known to start fires – and that can put a quick end to your Fourth of July festivities.”

If you choose to use fireworks, we encourage following these safety precautions from the National Safety Council:

  • Do not allow children to handle fireworks – always ensure there is close adult supervision if children are around fireworks
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks
  • Wear protective eyewear when standing nearby or using fireworks, and never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Do not use fireworks indoors – only light them away from people, houses and flammable material

Our caring staff in the WRMC Emergency Department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the event of any urgent illness or injury. To learn more about our emergency services, visit We hope you have a safe and memorable Independence Day celebration with your loved ones!

For a full list of tips on fireworks safety from the National Safety Council, visit their website: