There's no such thing as safe fireworks, according to the medical team at the Burnett Burn Center at The University of Kansas Hospital. As they prepare for what’s usually a busy 4th of July weekend, they say the most common injuries are to the hands and fingers, and even to the face, when people bend over to check on unexploded fireworks. People have lost fingers and hands, and even their eyesight from fireworks blasts. Most of the injures are painful, and can require months of treatment in the burn unit. The University of Kansas Hospital admitted eight patients with injuries related to fireworks over the July 4th weekend last year...most due to mortars and sparklers. The team expects to see more injuries well into the holiday week as people use up their supply of fireworks.
If you suffer an injury related to fireworks, there are “Do’s and Don’ts” of first-aid response as explained in the video by burn unit nurse manager Jennifer Parks and Trauma Services’ registered nurse Kelly Dahl. Also in the video is a demonstration by the Olathe Fire Department of the powerful effects of different fireworks.