A physician with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center shared advice when it comes to the Fourth of July and fireworks.
“The thing that’s hard is you take someone with a job and is hardworking, and just a split second decision playing with fireworks, and it hurts their career forever,” Dr. John Fitzwater said.
Dr. Fitzwater said burns are just one way people may be injured by fireworks.
“80% of the burns are either to the hands or to the face, and that includes the eyes. And this could even include blindness of a consequence of this,” Dr. Fitzwater said. “I don’t think a lot of people realize that’s one of the stakes of fireworks, something that seems very innocent.”
“Sparklers can get up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s hot enough to burn glass, so they’re not as safe as they seem, and they cause 10% of the injuries we know of all firework injuries, and can include blindness, so they’re not safe,” he said.
Dr. Fitzwater also gave advice on what to and not to do if you get a burn.