More than 11,000 people went to the ER in 2016 with injuries from fireworks, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
It’s that time of year for fireworks, but it's also a time where there can be a lot of serious injuries. St. Amant Firefighters say fireworks can be dangerous and residents should leave them to the professionals. In 2016, at least four people died and about 11,100 were injured badly enough to require medical attention from fireworks, stated St. Amant Chief Officer James E. LeBlanc. It is strongly advised that you wear shoes. Kids run in the grass and hot ember falls can burn bottom of feet, local firefighters say parents should realize that fireworks burn at about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
More than 11,000 people went to the ER in 2016 with injuries from fireworks, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children under 15 represented nearly one-third of these injuries. A large majority of these injuries were burns involving people's hands and fingers.
2016 Firework Injuries:
--11,000 went to ER with injuries from fireworks
--1/3 of those injuries were children under 15
--Majority involved burns on hands and fingers
--900 injuries from sparklers
--400 sparkler injuries were children under five-years-old
“Don’t give children sparklers. Although sparklers may seem safe, they can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is as hot as a blowtorch.” It is estimated that there were 900 fireworks related injuries from sparklers in 2016 and 400 of those injuries occurred in children under five-years old.
Keep pets inside. You may want your pup to join in on the fun, but most animals become extremely frightened by the loud noises and burning smells of fireworks and are likely to run away if they're not kept safely inside.
St. Amant Firefighters urge local residents to take these safety tips in mind when using fireworks.
--Have knowledgeable supervision by an experienced adult.
--Buy fireworks from reputable dealers.
--Read fireworks labels and follow directions carefully.
--Keep a fire extinguisher or bucket of water nearby.
--Light fireworks one at a time and move back quickly.
--Discard fireworks as directed.
--Never allow young children to use fireworks, including sparklers.
--Don't consume alcohol when using fireworks.
--Never light fireworks indoors or near other objects.
--Never point or throw fireworks at another person, ever.
--Never try to re-light fireworks that fail to ignite.
--Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
Contributed by St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department Chief James E. LeBlanc, www.stamantfire.com