Doctors Hospital Burn Center sees 3 with fireworks injuries

Independence Day celebrations were cut short for three people when they were admitted to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital on Thursday.

Spokeswoman Lindsay Thetford said all of the burns were the result of fireworks. Further details on the injuries and the severity were not provided.

Fireworks were involved in more than 8,700 injuries in 2012, according to a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Sparklers, which burn at 2,000 degrees or as hot as a blowtorch, are typically a major source for burns during holidays such as the Fourth of July and New Year’s. Officials said the sparklers and fireworks are often inappropriately given to children under 15, who accounted for about 30 percent of firework-related injuries in 2012.

July Fourth, however, tops New Year’s and accounts for about 60 percent of burns overall.

This year, the burn center did not see any sparkler injuries.

The CPSC said 68 percent of last year’s injuries were a result of misuse. Men between 22 and 44 are most likely to be injured.

Grilling over the holidays also can be source of fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, July is the peak month for grill fires.

Officials said people should remain cautious throughout the weekend as holiday-related activities continue and could result in more injuries, burns and fires.

FIREWORKS SAFETY
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

GRILLING SAFETY
  • Don’t grill on a wooden deck.
  • Don’t ignore instructions on lighter fluid. Soak the briquettes then wait 15-30 seconds before lighting them. Spraying fluid directly on the flame is an easy way to burn the grillmaster.
  • Don’t set your grill too close to the house, trees, etc.; and don’t leave it unattended.
  • Do check for rusted or old burners on propane grills, which lead to leaks and fires.
  • Do make sure the grill is on a hard surface. If you must grill on a grassy area, wet the ground underneath first.

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