Firework Safety

Amateur use of fireworks cause ER trips to skyrocket.

Author: Liz Kovac

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found a 50 percent increase in deaths and injuries from fireworks-related incidents in 2020 compared to 2019.

Hands and fingers are most at risk of injury when it comes to handling fireworks, followed by the head, ears, face, eyes, limbs, and trunk.

Leave fireworks to the professionals.

However, if you do plan to use your own fireworks:

  • Heed the instructions for proper use.
  • Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher on hand.
  • Never drink alcohol when lighting fireworks.
  • Dispose properly and soak them in water before throwing away.
  • Do not stand or crouch over fireworks while lighting them.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Do not re-light ‘duds’.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothes that can become tangled.

Providing critical care when you need it.

McLaren Lapeer Region is a Level II Trauma Center which means certified physicians and specialists are available 24/7 to provide critical care when you need it.

“We are the only Level II Trauma Center in the Thumb of Michigan,” said Jamie Oneil, Manager of the Trauma Program at McLaren Lapeer Region. “When choosing where to go in an emergency, coming straight to McLaren Lapeer could save patients precious time.”

Click here to learn more about the trauma services provided by McLaren Lapeer Region.