Health Watch — July 4: Fireworks

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about celebrating the July 4 holiday safely. Fireworks are a major part of the July 4 tradition, but this is one activity best left to professionals.

Dr. Preston Blomquist, an ophthalmologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says he’s seen people lose vision or even lose their eyes due to backyard amateur fireworks. Bottle rockets are among the most dangerous backyard fireworks. They can shatter the bottle or can when they’re launched, showering spectators with glass and metal fragments. They also fly erratically and can hit people in the eye. Playing with fireworks can also cause serious burns or could start grass fires or house fires. It’s much safer to go to a fireworks show put on by professionals. You’ll be out of danger, and the pros have access to more spectacular fireworks.

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June 2008

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