Heartbeat 6/29/2014: First Aid for Fireworks Injuries

What is the right way to handle most injuries from fireworks?
LUBBOCK, TX -- What is the right way to handle most injuries from fireworks? Prevention is the best medicine, but experience teaches us that people will occasionally get hurt.

“It's just hard to teach common sense at a young age,” said Doctor Richard Ranne with Covenant Health System. “And children are very excited about the combination of fire and explosion.”

Ranne said observing children and providing a safe environment are important. Children under the age of 12 should not have access to explosive fireworks.

“Most burns with fireworks are 1st or 2nd degree,” Ranne said. “Those should be treated with a cleansing, cold application for 15 minutes.”

He also said an antibiotic ointment could be used if the burn has blistering. Any burn worse than that, he said, needs to be seen by a doctor immediately.

Eye injuries need special care.

“Those need to be flushed with a balanced, salt solution immediately. Then all patients should come to the emergency room with any type of eye injury,” Ranne said.
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