Fireworks: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

With the 4th of July quickly approaching, the DMOS Hand Surgeons wanted to share with you information about the dangers of using fireworks. Devastating hand injuries occur every year related to the average citizen setting off fireworks. Even sparklers can cause injuries, specifically burns.

Did you know?

Firework-related injuries range in severity from superficial burns to complete loss of the hand and fingers. The most common injuries are burns to the fingers, hand, and wrist (26.7%), followed by injuries to the eye (14.9%), and open injuries to the hand and wrist (6.5%).**   Other sources report that the number of burns to the fingers, hand, and arm are as high as 41%.***

Staying safe. What you need to know.

We have included a couple of links to learn more about fireworks safety & how you can protect you family.

Your best & safest bet? Go and enjoy a professional fireworks display in your community! 

Stay safe and keep your hands healthy and intact!

Melissa Young, M.D. – Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon

Sources:

**Canner JK, Haider AH, Selvarajah S, et al. US emergency department visits for fireworks injuries, 2006-2010. J Surg Res. 2014;190(1):305e311.

***Fireworks information center: United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Website. http://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/150398/Fireworks-Infographic-2015-web.pdf?epslanguage=en Published 2013. Accessed June 29, 2015.