Treat Injuries from Fireworks with These Tips
For most Americans, Fourth of July is a time for family, food, fun and fireworks. While as dazzling fireworks—including bottle rockets, sparklers, and firecrackers—can be, they can also be dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 65 percent of all fireworks injuries occurred in the 30 days surrounding our national holiday.
Even when a person carefully follows safety tips while handling fireworks, accidents can happen. According to Dr. Scott Burger, chief medical officer at ChoiceOne Urgent Care, the most common injuries are burns followed by cuts, bumps and debris getting in the eye. If a person is hurt, they should consider these helpful tips:
- For burns: Run the affected body part under cool water or cover with a wet towel. This helps prevent more damage to the skin.
- For eyes: Cover the eye to protect it, but don’t attempt to rinse it or put pressure on the eye–such as rubbing it.
- For cuts: Apply pressure to stop the bleeding, clean the area and cover with a bandage. Avoid anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain as these can thin the blood and increase bleeding.
- For bumps: Apply ice to reduce swelling for 20-30 minutes every 2-3 hours. If pain persists, take an acetaminophen and rest. A cold compress to the head or neck can help in case of a headache.
- For all injuries: Seek immediate care, even if the injury is minor.
ChoiceOne Urgent Care Towson is open during the Fourth of July weekend. Visit us if you need immediate medical attention.