Every Fourth of July weekend, millions gather to enjoy fireworks in cities and towns across the country, but for those who create their own displays, the holiday can be dangerous. “Emergency rooms and burn centers see a significant increase in patients presenting with firework injuries in the month around July 4,” said Mark Cichon, DO, chair of emergency medicine at Loyola Medicine. According to Dr. Cichon, eye injuries, hearing issues and finger and hand injuries are the most common.
As communities prepare for Fourth of July festivities, some parents may be overlooking burn and injury risks for children, a new national poll suggests.
Every year, people suffer serious eye injuries from backyard fireworks displays. Most of the victims are children and bystanders located nowhere near the pyrotechnics.