Doctors Hospital Burn Center sees 3 with fireworks injuries

Friday, July 5, 2013 7:25 PM
Last updated 9:15 PM
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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.

  • 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

  • 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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nocnoc 07/06/13 - 08:46 am
The Safety warning info would have been better 3 days ago,

before the 4th.

But as predicted we now have the obligatory Fireworks Dangers story that we see every year. While written much better than usual and does not paint doom and gloom as is the norm. It needs a little more prospective or framing for the skimming reader.

Put in a National perspective
8,700 injuries in 2012 out of the estimated 45+ million users ages 6+ to adult. Or 0.0193% of 1 percent. Consider the age group 6 to plain stupid Fireworks seem to be pretty safe.

Put in a LOCAL perspective
Since the 3's sited are area (CSRA) 3 out of many 10's or 1000's.
Same extremely low number.

AGE Of Appropriateness
Quoting "...inappropriately given to children under 15..."
There is no appropriate age for this activity.
Appropriateness for anything should be based on Ability and Maturity of the individual. We have all read of 11 year olds flying planes that is Ability and Maturity. So when it comes to
appropriate age some 24 y/o idiot showing off, preceded with the
usual line "HEY! Bubba watch this..." Is not worthy of such fun.
In fact the few injuries these experimental types have, are life
learning episodes or likely nature's attempt to clean the gene

In my 51+ years of fireworks covering sling shots with real Cherry Bombs & M80's, German 1oz corded sq. Block busters and fireworks, Homemade noise and bottle rockets while using homemade Gunpowder. The only burn injury I have had was a bad match that when struck burnt the tip of my finger.

Why ? I was taught early on to respect them and how to handle them by a big brother and handful or resourceful cousins.

Here are some Real Safety Fireworks Rules I learned.
* Wet/dampen around the top of Cherry Bombs/M80's to avoid fuse
* Bottle rockets are Bottle, not Hand launched.
* Lady finger are not to be held by your fingers.
* Sparklers are not to be used to light other fireworks.
* light firecracker rolls top down not bottom up.
* use safety fuse to light long strings of firecrackers or thunder busters.
* 1 sky rocket at a time.
* aim away from the house or neighbor's yard and house.
* never use fireworks in a dry grassy area or near trees in the Fall.
* Wear cotton cloths, not nylon or melting fabrics.
* Ammo isn't fireworks, is hard to get, costs more,. Even if shot straight up the projectile falls at, at least 122 feet per second or 83mph.

Red Headed Step Child
Red Headed Step Child 07/06/13 - 09:43 am
Wonder how many of the

Wonder how many of the injuries began with the phrase "Watch this!" and ended with "What happend was..."


soapy_725 07/06/13 - 09:44 am
well said nocnoc !! But most need the state to hold their hand.

well said nocnoc !! But most need the state to hold their hand.

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