Healthbeat: Fireworks Safety


Fireworks are one of the many highlight to the Fourth of July celebrations. But they are also extremely dangerous and lead to emergency room visits all across the country.

Mom of four, Cathy Anderson and her family celebrate the Fourth with a big family BBQ and fireworks. She says her kids are at a fun age to watch fireworks with.

“Our kids are at an age now where our ten and eleven-year-old can help out quite a bit with the lighting and they really enjoy it being able to watch them go off and being able to help them with that is really fun,” Mom of four Cathy Anderson said.

As fun as it is, Anderson says there are still some rules her kids have to follow.

“Don’t hold them close to people’s faces, don’t run with them and don’t drop them in the grass,” 

Anderson says none of the kids are allowed to handle fireworks if there isn’t an adults present. Safety is their main priority.

“Sparklers for example as soon as they are out we throw the in the water so we don’t throw them on the ground,” Anderson said.

While the Anderson family spends their Fourth of July celebrating at their relatives home, some people’s holiday will unfortunately end up in the emergency room.

 “Most common injury is a burn. Actually the highest burn percentage is from the simple sparkler because they seem so benign and they actually get up to a really high temperature,” Avera E.R doctor Nathan Johnson said

Avera emergency room physician Nathan Johnson said, the most common injuries are burns to the fingers and hands and injuries to the eyes.

 “If it does start clothing on fire which can happen the first thing to do is to try and get that clothing put out or extinguished so the basic stop drop and roll. Extinguish it by placing something over the top of it,” Johnson said.

Johnson says the highest rate of kid firework injuries is between the ages of five and nine, so he recommends only kids ten and over be allowed to light fireworks.  

Johnson says if someone does suffer a burn or any firework related injury you need to go to the emergency room and have it evaluated to make sure it doesn’t get worse or become infected.

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