This Fourth of July do yourself and your family a favor, stay safe and leave the fireworks to the experts, advises the Minnesota Medical Association.
“Statistics show, year after year, that they are just so dangerous,” said MMA President Dan Maddox, M.D. “Too many young people suffer eye and hand injuries from fireworks each summer. We feel the best way to celebrate Independence Day is to leave the fireworks to professionals.”
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on average 200 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the Fourth of July. The most common injuries are to hands and fingers. The CPSC reports that fireworks were involved in an estimated 9,600 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2011.
There was an estimated 8,600 fireworks-related injuries during 2010.
“The MMA would prefer that fireworks not even be available, but as long as they are around we encourage everyone to use extreme caution with them,” Maddox said.
About the Minnesota Medical Association
The Minnesota Medical Association is a non-profit professional association representing physicians, residents and medical students. With more than 10,000 members, the MMA is dedicated to being the indispensable and unified voice of physicians for advancing the practice of medicine, the profession and patient health. Find the MMA online at www.mnmed.org.