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Local health professionals urge personal fireworks safety this 4th of July.

Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of July. But fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. INTEGRIS receives patients every year from personal fireworks accidents. 

 

Their physicians recommend attending professional displays instead. 

Christopher Lentz, M.D., the medical director of the Paul Silverstein Burn Center, shared the following information to keep you safe. 

  • Never give fireworks to small children. 
  • • Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers with adult supervision. 
  • • The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework. 
  • • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a designated adult shooter.
  • • The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework. 
  • • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance.
  • • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
  • • Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them. 
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
  • Do not light fireworks with a lighter. Use a longer, slower-burning ???
  • • Light only one firework at a time. 
  • Never relight a "dud" firework.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people. 
  • • Never carry fireworks in your pocket. 
  • Keep a bucket of water in case of a malfunction or fire.
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan. 

 

If you or someone you know suffers a fireworks injury to the eye go to nearest emergency room for immediate evaluation.