Medical expert: Staging your own July 4 fireworks could lead to serious injuries

Every Independence day weekend, thousands of Americans are treated for burns, lacerations and even amputations from the use of fireworks.

News 12 Staff

Jul 2, 2021, 7:29 PM

Updated 1,087 days ago

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Medical experts are warning against staging your own fireworks displays this Fourth of July weekend.
Every Independence day weekend, thousands of Americans are treated for burns, lacerations and even amputations from the use of fireworks.
Burns are the most common firework-related injury.
Westchester Medical Center senior director of nursing Lorrena Kirkwood, R.N. says sparklers are especially dangerous.
"They go up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is comparable to using a blowtorch. You wouldn't give your 3-year-old a blowtorch," Kirkwood says.
Medical experts recommend giving children streamers and glow sticks instead and leaving the fireworks to the professionals.


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