Hands & Safety
Fireworks are a staple for Fourth of July celebrations in the U.S. The thrill of fireworks, however, can be dangerous. On average, 230 people visit the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the weeks around July 4. Most of these injuries are to the hands and fingers. Fireworks can also cause serious injuries to your eyes.
Typical fireworks injuries can be caused by firecrackers, bottle rockets, sparklers and more. Sparklers can burn at about 2,000 degrees, hot enough to melt metal!
While the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) encourages you to attend public fireworks displays, which are monitored for safety by a local fire department, here are some fireworks safety tips to follow while setting off fireworks at home:
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