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Independence Day Safety Tips

Independence Day Safety Tips

Fireworks Injuries Drastically Increase in Month Surrounding July 4 

MACON, GA (Monday, June 23, 2014) – According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 200 people per day will visit emergency rooms across the U.S. in the month surrounding Independence Day. Children younger than age 15 accounted for approximately 26 percent of those injured. The most common injuries include burns to the hands and fingers, followed by injuries that involve the head, face, eyes and ears.

Fireworks, including sparklers and flares, can cause serious burns as well as blast injuries that can permanently impair vision and hearing. A physician from The Children's Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia is available to discuss ways that parents can protect their children from firework injuries this summer. Tips include the following:

  • Handle and use fireworks in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and all warning labels.
  • Light fireworks on smooth, flat surfaces, and aim them away from buildings, dry leaves, flammable materials and spectators.
  • Do not try to relight fireworks that malfunction.
  • Do not modify fireworks or use homemade fireworks.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then quickly move back.
  • Do not shoot fireworks from a metal or glass container.
  • Keep a phone and a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher handy, and know first aid for burns.

As with any activity involving hazardous equipment, adults should actively supervise all children when they are near fireworks.

To schedule an interview, please contact The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

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