Medics expect more fireworks-related accidents

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Because the 4th of July falls on a Friday, health officials are expecting more burn-related accidents this year.

With the holiday less than two days away, Fort Wayne fire officials and medics have a reminder for parents.

No matter what your plans are for the 4th of July weekend, fireworks will most likely be a part of them.

“Most of the time, if someone gets injured with fireworks, it’s usually a burn, usually to the face, arms, hands, something like that, the fingers,” said Jim Murua, Fire Marshal for the Fort Wayne Fire Department.

Summer is always the busiest time of year for St. Joseph’s Burn and Wound Clinic, and it’s already seen an increase in patients this year.

Depending on the year, the clinic will see between five and ten more burn patients per day than usual during fireworks season.

“You’d be surprised at the injuries that we see from the quote, unquote safe fireworks like sparklers. We see more injuries from those than you’d think from the larger, more explosive fireworks,” said Michelle McCarty, Adult Nurse Practitioner for St. Joseph Medical Group’s Burn and Wound Clinic.

With the 4th of July falling on a Friday this year, officials expect to stay busy.

“This will be an interesting year because it’s near a weekend so my guess is that we’ll have more of an increase this year,” said McCarty.

Officials recommend leaving fireworks to the professionals and going to the public displays.

If you are doing fireworks at home, they said to have a designated, level area, keep a bucket of water ready and have at least one designated person not drinking alcohol.

 

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