Preventing Firework Injuries - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/1/05

Preventing Firework Injuries

Almost 10,000 people nationwide were treated in emergency rooms for firework-related injuries last year. Most of them children with injuries to the hands, eyes, and head. Even something as innocent as this sparkler can heat to 2,000 degrees in just seconds and can easily and quickly ignite clothing or burn skin. Last July, four people went to the Burn Unit at University Medical Center for firework related injuries. And already this year, UMC has admitted two people, and we are still three days away from the 4th of July. UMC Division Director, Greg Bruce says no matter how old a person is, fireworks pose a danger for whomever is using them.

"For children, the message is: make sure you have adult supervisions, that you're not out there playing with fireworks by yourself, that you do have an adult with you. For adults to remember is that alcohol and fireworks don't mix," Bruce says.

If there's anything consistent with adults injured by fireworks it's that alcohol was involved, and that's because it impairs your judgment.

Now that doesn't mean you can't enjoy your own colorful displays this 4th of July. Just use caution when lighting fireworks and make sure you keep a bucket of water close by. The fireworks industry says, if you really want to see the sky light up leave it to the professionals.

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