Doctors warn fireworks can cause serious injury

POSTED: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 4:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 3:40pm

COLLEGE STATION -- Before you decide to shoot off some fireworks, a warning that every year more than 9,000 people will find themselves in the emergency room due to injuries caused by celebrations gone wrong.

It wouldn't be a 4th of July celebration without some sort of light show but if you aren't careful Bart Humphreys, with the College Station Fire Department, says your night of fun could result in a serious injury.

"Every year thousands of people end up in the emergency rooms because of injuries from fireworks and those are just the ones we know about."

Dr Kraft, an emergency physician at the College Station Med, says you'd never give your young child a match to play with so why give them an explosive that burns at more than 1,500 degrees?

"They're kind of thinking that, 'Well if they're sold to be used by children than they must be safe.' Well, that's not necessarily the case."

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, burns account for over half of the injuries caused by fireworks but Dr. Kraft says he also sees a lot of eye injuries too.

"I've seen a couple of people lose eyes from bottle rockets because those shoot out and they can certainly take a strange trajectory when they take off."

So what's the best way to avoid injury?

Bart Humphreys says, "Go to a professional firework show. They're going to have fireworks that you can't afford that are really spectacular."


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