Fireworks Safety

Monday, June 30, 2014

Fireworks have become a large part of most July 4th celebrations. But the thrill of shooting off bottle rockets, firecrackers and sparklers can sometimes give way to injury. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some tips on how to be safe with fireworks in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Fireworks and the Fourth of July go hand in hand. But there are no such things as completely safe fireworks. Using fireworks irresponsibly can lead to tragedy, including a serious eye injury, hearing loss, burns or even death.

About 45 percent of the more than 12,000 fireworks-related injuries each year are to children between 10 and 14 years old. Ten percent of children injured by fireworks suffer permanent damage, such as loss of an eye, finger or hand.

The American College of Emergency Physicians encourages the following safety tips:

Read the labels and follow all warnings and instructions.

Protect your eyes. Always wear safety goggles or unbreakable glasses while shooting fireworks.

Do not investigate why a firework didnt go off, or try to relight fireworks that havent fully combusted.

Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of accident or fire.

Light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from houses, dry leaves and flammable materials. Follow these rules and have a fun and safe Fourth of July.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.