Doctor Gives Warning About Firework Injuries

By WEEK Reporter

June 29, 2011 Updated Jun 29, 2011 at 9:30 PM CDT

Fireworks, one of this weekend's main attractions, cause almost 10,000 injuries each year nationwide.

OSF Saint Francis ER Doctor Joanna Gardner said 40% of the injuries are to children 15 years old or younger.

Kids should watch from a safe distance and be supervised.

Gardner adds that kids should never throw or run when using sparklers.

"Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees, so I think a lot of people underestimate the heat of a sparkler and the potential to burn a child's hand or an adult hand," remarked Dr. Gardner.

Gardner said if you get a light burn run it under cold water, apply an antibiotic and dressing.

Seek medical attention if the burn is more severe or begins blistering.

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