Orthopaedic surgeons provide safety tips for Fourth of July celebrations
ROSEMONT, Ill., June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fourth-of-July fireworks always draw a crowd but those beautiful bursts of color can lead to catastrophic injuries if not used with care. This Independence Day, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) advises Americans to enjoy the spectacular celebrations but urges adults and children to exercise extreme caution by leaving fireworks to the professionals.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
"Fireworks can be used safely by trained adults, but illegal firecrackers or ones that are used improperly present substantial risks," said James C. Krieg, MD orthopaedic surgeon specializing in trauma and spokesperson for the AAOS. "If fireworks misfire or explode prematurely, the extreme amount of force can tear or destroy tissue, including bones and nerves, causing permanent damage."
In an effort to reduce the number and severity of firework-related injuries treated by orthopaedic surgeons, the AAOS recommends the following safety guidelines for trained adults who choose to use fireworks:
For other injury prevention tips, visit www.orthoinfo.org
|SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons|
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