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Mid-America Hand to Shoulder Clinic Offers Tips for a Safe Fourth of July
Date:6/27/2012

Palos Hills, IL (PRWEB) June 27, 2012

Independence Day fireworks displays are beautiful, and they can be safe as well when done by trained professionals. However, when amateurs start handling sparklers, firecrackers, mortars, bottle rockets, etc., minor and severe injuries will occur.

The U.S. Fire Administration shares these statistics on fireworks-related injuries: In a single year, about 9,000 people were treated in emergency rooms, almost three-fourths of them between June 18 and July 18. Approximately 40 percent of the injuries were to children under 15 years old.

About 1,200 injuries were sparkler-related, 900 caused by firecrackers and 400 from bottle rockets. Statistics showed that 30 percent of the injuries were to hands and fingers, 22 percent to legs, 21 percent to eyes and 16 percent to head, face and ears. More than half of the injuries were burns, while most eye injuries were contusions, lacerations and foreign matter in the eye.

But it’s a given that people will continue to use home fireworks. To promote safety and reduce firework hand trauma, MidAmerica Hand to Shoulder Clinic offers some guidelines:

  •     First of all, use common sense.
  •     Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
  •     Use fireworks outdoors only.
  •     Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  •     Always have a fire extinguisher and/or water handy.
  •     Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
  •     Never re-light a firework.
  •     Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter.
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