4th Of July Weekend Comes With Safety Warning - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/1/03

4th Of July Weekend Comes With Safety Warning

Nearly two-thousand U.S. children visit the emergency room each 4th of July weekend after being injured by fireworks. Many of those injuries come from firework displays that parents believe are relatively harmless. But, with the explosive power fireworks can have the results can be serious or even fatal burns.

Fireworks Displays And Safety Tips
To help you celebrate safely this Fourth of July, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Council on Fireworks Safety offers the following safety tips.
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University Medical Center Emergency Physician, Dr. Michael Chamales says the simple use of good judgement can save you from a trip to the emergency room. "With Cherry Bombs and M-60's and that sort of stuff, I've seen people lose fingers. I've seen people get very severe burns on their hands, and of course their face and their eyes." said Dr. Chamales.

To help you celebrate safely this 4th of July, you should follow these safety tips:

  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
  • Always have water handy dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trash can.
  • The safest way you can celebrate this Independence Day is to go to a public fireworks event.
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