4 Common Firework-Related Injuries

Fourth of July is the perfect holiday to spend quality time outdoors with your family. As you celebrate America’s independence, you will most likely plan your night around watching or setting off fireworks. Though fireworks are exciting to watch, they cause a lot of injuries. For those who don’t properly use or are injured from a firework malfunction, the happy holiday can end in a trip to the hospital. Here are a 4 of the most common fire-work related injuries to occur on Independence Day.

1. Hand 

Firework-related injuries to the hands and fingers are the most common to occur. Hand held fireworks such as firecrackers and sparklers cause a majority of hand related injuries. Hand injuries could result in minor burns or even bone fractures depending on the severity.

To minimize the chances of an injury occurring, make sure to never light a firework that is in your hand. Also, make sure to keep children away from fireworks. Go over firework safety rules with everyone present and read the labels on the back of the firework packaging carefully.

2. Eye 

Injuries to the eyes are the second most common firework accident. If a firework were to explode near your face, your eyes are vulnerable. Often time fireworks can let off sparks that can land in an individual’s eye if they are not standing a safe distance. This injury can result in a minor burn or complete loss of vision.

It is important that the person lighting the fireworks wears safety glasses. This will protect their eyes from any sparks that may come near them. If you or someone you know experiences a firework-related eye injury, seek medical attention immediately.

3. Facial

Facial injuries are the third common type of firework injury. Those who are bent over an ignited firework are putting their lives at risk. Facial injuries usually result from someone being careless and putting their face near a firework. These injuries could result in loss of facial tissue, fractured bones, and severe burns.

You can reduce your chances of injury by always keeping your head away from an ignited firework. If you do become injured, cover the laceration on your face and seek medical attention.

4. Amputation

The final common type of firework injury is amputation. This occurs when you have one or more of your body parts close to an exploding firework. Not only is this scary and painful, but mentally damaging for those who witness the explosion.

Never stand on top of or next to an exploding firework. If you or someone you know becomes seriously injured make sure to call emergency services immediately.

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