Ochsner physicians are urging fireworks safety ahead of the 4th of July holiday weekend, a time that can be busy for hospital emergency rooms (ER).
Many people consider fireworks to be harmless fun, when in fact they can be extremely dangerous, especially when used near children and teens.
“When it comes to fireworks, remember they are explosives that require proper handling,” said Ochsner primary care physician Tim Durel, M.D.
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More than 11,000 people went to the ER in 2016 with injuries from fireworks, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children under 15 represented nearly one-third of these injuries. A large majority of these injuries were burns involving people's hands and fingers.
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“Don’t give children sparklers. Although sparklers may seem safe, they can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is as hot as a blowtorch.” It is estimated that there were 900 fireworks related injuries from sparklers in 2016 and 400 of those injuries occurred in children under five-years old.
In case of injury, seek immediate medical care. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an Ochsner practitioner, call 225-761-5200 or schedule your visit online.
If fireworks are legal in your area and you are putting on your own fireworks display, follow these do's and don'ts to stay safe:
"Viewing public fireworks displays handled by professionals is the safest way to enjoy fireworks."
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