Thousands of people go to hospital emergency rooms with injuries from fireworks each year. Most of these injuries occur around the Fourth of July.
Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially this time of year. But fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious injuries if proper precautions are not taken. Dr. Jason Kegg, assistant professor of emergency medicine at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, explains the most common injuries from fireworks.
Dr. Kegg says there are no safe fireworks and all fireworks are meant to be displayed at a distance. Most injuries occur when people get too close. In Illinois the only legal fireworks are sparklers, smoke bombs and little snakes that expand when they are lit. Dr. Kegg suggests some safety precautions if you choose to use fireworks.
By being cautious and following safety rules when using and watching fireworks, you can have a safe and happy Fourth of July. If anyone is injured by fireworks, they should go to a hospital emergency room as quickly as possible.