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  • Fireworks Safety

    Posted by Upstate Dermatology on Jul.01.17 in Skin Care

    Every Fourth of July, emergency departments see an influx of injuries caused by fireworks. Dr. Jose Pulido, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, says the hands, face and eyes are particularly vulnerable.

    Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

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    Light, and get away. That warning is on firework labels for a reason.

    “Fireworks are extremely dangerous, and I’ve seen extensive damage to hands, face and eyes.”

    Dr. Jose Pulido says summertime, especially during the Fourth of July holiday, is when most firework injuries happen. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that firework injuries are responsible for more than 10,000 emergency department visits a year. And, many of those injuries involve the eyes.

    “From just corneal abrasions, all the way to such extensive damage that we have to remove the eyes.”

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the following firework safety tips:

    • Do not allow kids to light fireworks.
    • Always have adult supervision.
    • Watch from a safe distance

    Dr. Pulido says, “If you’re out, and you see somebody that gets injured, they should go directly to the emergency room.”

    By Vivien Williams (Mayo Clinic: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-minute-keep-your-eyes-on-fireworks-safety-2/)

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