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Eight Killed, 9700 Injured by Fireworks in US Last Year - Leave Shows to Professionals, AdventHealth Urges

With the July 4th Holiday just days away, AdventHealth emergency room doctors are now urging caution when handling fireworks. This comes as a new report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) highlights the hazards posed by consumer use of fireworks.

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Professional fireworks shows can be viewed from a safe distance without major risk. Thousands of amateurs are injured each year attempting to use fireworks.

The report reveals that in 2023, it received reports of eight deaths and an estimated 9,700 injuries involving fireworks.

The report also shows that between 2008 and 2023, injuries from fireworks have increased overall, despite recent data showing a steady decline since the peak in 2020 during the pandemic when public displays were canceled

Dr. Joyce Perfetti of the AdventHealth Tampa ER says emergency rooms often see a surge in holiday-related injuries like burns, lacerations, eye injuries, and injuries to the hands and fingers. These injuries are usually caused by improper handling of fireworks or the use of illegal or malfunctioning fireworks.

To help prevent these incidents and ensure a safe holiday, AdventHealth Tampa urges the public to keep the following safety guidelines in mind:

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Don't let your Independence Day celebration end up at the emergency room due to risky activities.

● Attend Public Fireworks Displays: Instead of setting off fireworks at home, consider attending a public fireworks display conducted by professionals. These displays are designed to provide a thrilling and safe experience for all.

● Leave It to the Experts: If you decide to use fireworks at home, ensure that you are familiar with your local laws and regulations regarding fireworks use. Purchase legal fireworks from licensed retailers and always follow the instructions provided. Remember, it is best to leave the handling of fireworks to a trained professional.

● Create a Safe Environment: Select a clear, open area outdoors, away from buildings, dry grass, and other flammable materials. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies.

● Protect Yourself: Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes and avoid loose-fitting clothing that could catch fire. Never light fireworks while holding them, and never ignite multiple fireworks simultaneously.

● Adult Supervision: Make sure kids are closely supervised by responsible adults at all times when using fireworks. Children should never be allowed to handle fireworks or sparklers.

● Soak Fireworks: After fireworks have been used, fully soak them in a bucket of water before disposing of them. This helps prevent accidental fires and ensures that the fireworks are completely extinguished.

In the event of an accident or injury, it is important to seek immediate Medical attention. Do not attempt to treat serious injuries on your own.

By following these safety guidelines, we can reduce the number of emergency room visits and make the Fourth of July a memorable and safe celebration for all.

 

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