Fireworks Safety

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, close to 11,000 people were treated for fireworks injuries last year. And about 6,500 of those occurred around July 4.

Lansing Fire Captain John Dyer says, "A lot of people that end up using fireworks are small children who maybe shouldn't have them or people under 21 that may be the judgment isn't there."

Sparrow Hospital Emergency Room doctor, Dr. Frank Vivio also says a lot of people think some fireworks are safer than they really are. "Sparklers can get up to 2,000 degrees which is hot enough to burn through metal. And often times adults will give them to children to play with and so we do see injuries related to sparklers in forms of burns."

The most important thing to remember is to practice safety first. Make sure you read directions before you light any fireworks, and if a fuse doesn't go off do not try to re-light it. Also if you do end up with a minor burn, place the injury under cool water and use a triple antibiotic like Neosporin.


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