Gerber Memorial physician shares fireworks safety tips ahead of July Fourth
Fremont, Mich., June 24, 2022 – With fireworks starting to fly off store shelves ahead of the July 4 weekend and many backyard bonfires planned, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial family physician Randall Ceton, MD, offers a few tips to stay safe.
Ceton said emergency room treatment for fireworks-related injuries went up 50 percent between 2019 and 2020, possibly because the COVID-19 pandemic shut down public fireworks displays, and individuals may have turned to more fireworks use at their homes, according to data. Burns make up most fireworks injuries, at 44 percent, according to the Consumers Safety Product Commission. Firecrackers and sparklers are the most common causes of injuries, with sparklers capable of reaching temperatures up to 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals, Ceton said, citing CSPC data.
Basic safety tips when enjoying fireworks include:
Ceton said: “I’m grateful for these safety precautions that anyone can follow so we can celebrate our nation’s Independence Day with family, friends and fireworks, while staying safe at the same time.”
Ceton said common areas of injuries are hands and fingers, followed by the head, face and ears.