Spark Memories, Not Fireworks, this Fourth of July

As Independence Day approaches, Tennova Healthcare emphasizes the importance of fireworks safety to prevent injuries and avoid a trip to the emergency department. While fireworks have been an integral part of Fourth of July festivities since 1777, it has not been without risk and should be handled only by experienced pyrotechnicians.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks-related incidents have led to a significant number of injuries and fatalities. In fact, in 2022, there were 11 reported deaths and over 10,000 injuries treated in emergency departments due to misuse, malfunction or tip-overs.

While the majority of incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade or homemade fireworks or explosives, less powerful fireworks like firecrackers and sparklers can also cause significant damage. The National Council on Fireworks Safety research shows more than half of sparkler-related injuries happen to children under the age of 14. While seemingly a harmless way to celebrate, sparklers can reach temperatures exceeding 2,000°F—hot enough to melt some metals.

The most common injuries seen in emergency departments are burns—accounting for 38 percent of all fireworks-related injuries—but it is important to remember that fireworks injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to amputation or blindness. The areas most susceptible to injury are hands and fingers, legs, head, face, ears and eyes.

If you or a loved one does get injured, head to the nearest ER if a burn is larger than the size of a palm or if there are any key indicators of infection such as redness, swelling or drainage.

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