|Avoid Firework-Related Injuries this Fourth of July with Safety Tips from KentuckyOne Health|
Avoid Firework-Related Injuries this Fourth of July with
Holiday named “Most Dangerous Holiday” by National Safety Council
Louisville, Ky. (June 26, 2014)— The National Safety Council deemed our nation’s Independence Day as the “Most Dangerous Holiday” partly due to fireworks, despite often being viewed by citizens as a time to celebrate, barbeque and spend time outdoors. Emergency department physicians with KentuckyOne Health warn individuals of the dangers of fireworks and suggests precautions to take this Fourth of July.
As many as 8,700 firework-related injuries occurred in 2012 according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), with more than half of those injuries being burns.
“Year after year, we see patients with a variety of firework-related injuries right around the Fourth of July,” said Eric Fulcher, M.D., a KentuckyOne Health emergency department physician.
Children are often in awe of fireworks and handed sparklers and bottle rockets by their parents as “safe” fireworks to light off. However, those two types of fireworks cause nearly a fourth of the injuries. Additionally, children between the ages of 10-14 are three times more likely to be injured by fireworks than the rest of the population.
The CPSC recommends taking these safety precautions before setting off fireworks this holiday:
In addition, Dr. Fulcher recommends wearing eye protection and keeping spectators a safe distance away from fireworks.
“Roughly 12 percent of firework-related injuries are to the eyes, and 41 percent are to the hands and fingers according to CPSC,” said Dr. Fulcher. “The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a professional firework display at your local festival or fair.”
In the incidence of firework mishaps, seek medical attention immediately. In case of a medical emergency, always call 9-1-1.
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