Celebrate the 4th with CautionJun 30, 2017
Fireworks can add a burst of fun to your Fourth of July celebration. But local health professionals are urging celebrators to use good judgement to protect themselves from firework injuries.
“Every year we see people with significant burns related to fire work injuries,” said Dr. Patrick Cody, emergency medicine physician at Norman Regional Health System. “Usually we discover it was from careless use; often these injuries occur in unsupervised children. Common sense and respect for the potential injury goes a long way in preventing a trip to the emergency room.”
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 11,100 people were treated in emergency departments in 2016 for fireworks-related injuries. About 68 percent of those incidents occurred in the one-month time frame between June 18 and July 18.
It is important to remember in many areas fireworks are not legal, said Eddie Sims, manager of EMSSTAT and paramedic. He noted Cleveland County has been very dry lately and fireworks carry a risk of starting a wildfire.
In addition to wildfires, fireworks can cause death and injury including burns, contusions, lacerations, and foreign objects in the eye.
Here are some tips for an injury-free Fourth!
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities
- Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper, which often means they were made for
professional displays and could be dangerous for consumers
- Make sure you, your kids, and others watch fireworks displays from a safe distance
- Call 911 immediately if someone is injured from fireworks