Medical City Weatherford June 20, 2018

Last summer, Medical City Weatherford treated four patients in the emergency room with burns to their hands as a result of handling fireworks. This Independence Day, the experts at Medical City Weatherford are providing safety tips to help prevent fireworks accidents.  

“Preventable firework injuries are something that we continue to see year after year,” says Donna Boone, chief nursing officer at Medical City Weatherford. “By educating the local population on technics to safely handle fireworks, we believe that we can reduce the number of patients we see in the emergency room who have been burned or injured as a result of improperly handling fireworks.”

To help avoid injury from fireworks, experts at Medical City Weatherford recommend following these guidelines:

  • Buy only legal fireworks and read the cautionary labels before use
  • Don’t buy anything packaged in brown paper, because it may be professional-grade fireworks that can be more dangerous to untrained consumers
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks
  • Don’t drink alcohol when using fireworks
  • Light one firework at a time, then move away
  • Never try to relight a “dud” firework, wait 20 minutes before approaching the firework, then soak it in water overnight before disposal
  • Never shoot fireworks from or into metal or glass containers
  • Don’t let small children light or get close to fireworks when lit

“Many people don’t realize that sparklers can be just as dangerous as other fireworks,” says Cyndi Aguirre, director of emergency services at Medical City Weatherford “They can burn at temperatures of over 2,000 degrees and can quickly light clothing or hair on fire.”