Although the Fourth of July brings a dazzling display of fireworks, it also brings an increase in preventable injuries. Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center encourages you to take precautions that can easily decrease your risk of avoidable injuries.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nearly 10,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for firework-related injuries annually. Out of all body parts injured, hands were most frequently harmed, responsible for 31 percent of sustained injuries. Among all age groups, children 10 to 14 years of age have the highest per capita injury rate.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends these tips when handling fireworks:
- Only use fireworks outdoors.
- Store fireworks in dry, cool places.
- Obey your local laws.
- Have water available in a bucket or hose in case of fire.
- Never relight a defective firework.
- Fireworks should not be used when drinking alcohol.
- Adult supervision is needed for children under 16.
- Do not attempt to use homemade fireworks.
- Do not place any part of your body directly over a firework when lighting it.
- Always use common sense when operating fireworks.
To learn more about the Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center, please contact 502-587-4799. For additional information on hand care emergencies, call (502) 540-3727.