Be Safe

Fireworks are beautiful — and dangerous. According to Medscape, there were 11,900 people requiring treatment in ERs or urgent care facilities due to injuries from fireworks in 2015. Over half of these were under 24 years of age and most were male.

Damage to hands and eyes are the most common injuries.

However, as reported on the Weather Channel this morning, particulate matter from fireworks explosions can cause problems for persons with breathing issues (e.g., asthma and COPD).

The photos if injuries, including second degree burns and severe eye injuries, are simply grotesque, so I’m not going to show them here.

If you must do this, please be careful! If you have breathing problems, you might consider an air mask.

Data: US Consumer Product Safety Commission

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