Erica Martin, M.D.
The 4th of July is a lot of fun! But before your family celebrates, it is important that everyone knows about fireworks safety.
Fireworks can cause bodily harm to children and adults if not handled properly. The best way to protect your family is to attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
If lighting fireworks at home, please keep these safety tips in mind:
If injury occurs, seek medical attention immediately. If an injury is eye-related, don't touch or rub the wound, as this may cause even more damage. Also, don't flush the eye out with water or attempt to put any ointment on it. If it's a burn, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool, not cold, water over the burn (do not use ice). Call your doctor right away.
Treating Fireworks Injuries
Loud noises from fireworks can damage our hearing. Watch the video below to learn how to protect yourself and your family while enjoying this fun holiday tradition!