Fourth of July Safety

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fireworks have become a large part of most Fourth of July celebrations. But the thrills of shooting off bottle rockets, firecrackers and sparklers can sometimes give way to tragedy. 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 using fireworks irresponsibly can lead to tragedy, including a serious eye injury, hearing loss, burns or even death.

About 40 percent of fireworks-related injuries 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.