July 1 Wellness Wednesday, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the
Children’s Hospital lobby, will offer tips on the proper handling of
fireworks and eye safety.
by Carolyn Cavanaugh, R.N.
Patient Educator, MUSC Storm Eye Institute
Many people spend the Fourth of July outdoors, going on picnics or
beach outings during the day, and watching firework displays at night.
While many of the larger firework displays in the area are carefully
planned and executed by professionals, caution still needs to be
practiced, especially where fireworks are handled by non-professionals.
Firework injuries can cause blindness, third degree burns and permanent
scarring. A 2006 report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
stated that 11 deaths and approximately 9,200 firework-related injuries
occurred between June 16 and July 16. People under the age of 20
sustained nearly half of all injuries from fireworks, with the body
parts most injured being the hands, eyes, head, face and ears.
Firework safety tips
- Follow local laws on the use of fireworks.
- The safest way to watch fireworks is at a professional display.
- Legal fireworks are packaged in brightly colored paper labeled with warnings and directions for safe use.
of fireworks that may be illegal explosives (usually cherry bombs or
M80s that may be in brown paper wrapping or sold loosely without safety
safety glasses and exercise caution when handling fireworks: Bottle
rockets can fly into peoples’ faces and cause eye injuries; sparklers
burn at more than 1,800°F and can ignite clothing and firecrackers can
injure the hands or face if they explode at close range.
note: The preceding column was brought to you on behalf of Health 1st.
Striving to bring various topics and representing numerous employee
wellness organizations and committees on campus, this weekly column
seeks to provide MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees with current and helpful
information concerning all aspects of health.
Friday, June 26, 2009