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Fireworks Safety: Supervision & Responsible Use Help Avoid Injury During 4th of July Celebrations

June 22, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 22 2012) – Fireworks and sparklers are a popular part of many 4th of July holiday family celebrations. They are also a popular cause of emergency room visits in Nashville, Tenn.

“People are out having fun, playing and having a great time with all types of fireworks - bottle rockets, Roman candles, sparklers, or large specialty fireworks - and then someone is hurt,” said Mark Byram, M.D., emergency medicine physician for TriStar Centennial. “We treat patients for fireworks related injuries in the ER every year, most frequently a burn injury to the face, extremities, and eyes.”

Following basic safety precautions and providing close adult supervision of children enjoying fireworks - especially sparklers - can help prevent many of these injuries, he said. Fireworks safety tips include:

  • Prevent body parts from being over fireworks at any time
  • Wear eye protection
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  • Never shoot fireworks at another person
  • Do not touch fireworks that misfired or failed to ignite
  • Light fireworks one at a time
  • Have water nearby and soak fireworks completely in water after use

“It’s important that people of all ages plan ahead to enjoy fireworks smartly,” Byram recommends. “Adults should supervise children with all types of fireworks and plan ahead to have a designated adult to handle fireworks just like you’d plan to have a designated driver to get you home safe.”

If a fireworks related accident should occur, Byram recommends immediate first aid of flushing the burned area and applying ice and then quickly seeking medical care. For more safety tips, visit TriStarHealth.com and search ‘fireworks.’

Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room at Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.

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