Posted on 5th November 2015
One of the reasons fireworks injuries continue to occur is because people don’t consider how dangerous these devices can be. People don’t realise, until it’s too late, that the risk of serious injury outweighs the excitement of fireworks.
Fireworks at home can be great fun but must be used safely. Sadly, every year, despite adverts warning about the dangers, there are many injuries caused by fireworks and more children than adults are injured. Around 1000 people are injured each year and over 550 children under 16 are taken to A & E in the 4 weeks around bonfire night. Only this last weekend three 12 year old boys were injured in St Helens by a firework. One suffered substantial burns and a fracture to his hand. Another, minor burns to his hands and face and the 3rd substantial burns to the stomach and face.
Sparklers are often given to young children to wave around, but I’m not sure you would give them so readily to a child if you knew that sparklers can be 5 to 6 times hotter than cooking oil
Tips for using sparklers:-
Fireworks can cause many types of injuries including serious injuries such as third degree burns (the worst type of burn), permanent scarring, nerve damage and blindness.
Frequently injured body parts are hands, eyes and legs. Many of these injuries will be for life and can require ongoing treatment. The resulting scarring, even from a less severe burn, is likely to require careful after-management with regular massage, moisturizing, use of silicon gel and full protection from the sun. More serious scarring will require specialist treatment. Any scarring may have a devastating psychological effect.
Fireworks are great but so are the potential hazards
Things to remember:-
Visit RoSPA’s safer fireworks website for more information
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