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Whether you enjoy barbeques, pool days, or traveling, summertime is meant for having fun and relaxing. Not a time for stress and worry because of firework-related injuries. This Fireworks Safety Month, KentuckyOne Health wants to remind everyone to be cautious while using fireworks by following proper safety precautions, so you can spend all your time focusing on summer fun!
“As the fourth of July approaches, and fireworks start taking over the retail shelves, I like to remind parents that no one is immune to firework-related injuries,” said Elkin Galvis, MD, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center. “The best way to prevent them is by discussing safety precautions prior to the fourth of July holiday.”
In 2017, there was an increase across the United States in fireworks-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Fireworks Annual Report. An estimated 12,900 people were injured and treated in the hospital, averaging to about 280 people sent to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month of July.
In addition to bodily injuries, fireworks can also be damaging to property. Each year, fireworks cause an average of 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and 17,000 other fires, resulting in an estimated $21 million in direct property damage.
To help prevent injuries and damage this fourth of July season, KentuckyOne Health recommends the following tips:
Emergencies happen when you least expect them, but KentuckyOne Health is always ready to respond. Each of our 6 ERs is staffed 24/7, including the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center. Kleinert Kutz is world renowned for offering unmatched expertise in orthopedic, plastic, and general surgery, with more than five decades of experience. Learn more about our Emergency Care services.
If you’re experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency room.