Health Watch - Summer Vacation: Fireworks

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about enjoying a summer vacation or the long holiday weekend. One of the favorite traditions of the Independence Day holiday is a fireworks display. This is one tradition that’s best left to the professionals.

There are about 11,000 fireworks-related injuries every year, and fireworks are responsible for about a third of all eye injuries. Dr. Preston Blomquist, an ophthalmologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says amateurs using fireworks are at risk for losing vision or losing their eyes. Bottle rockets are among the most dangerous because they can fly erratically, and the bottles and cans used to launch the rockets can explode, creating shrapnel. Fireworks can also cause serious burns. If someone suffers a fireworks-related injury, seek medical help immediately. But the best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a professional display and avoid dealing with fireworks yourself.  

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June 2011

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