– The Minnesota Medical Association is advising Minnesotans to stay safe this Fourth of July holiday by leaving the lighting of fireworks to the professionals.
“Every year, too many children and adults are hurt by fireworks that go off unexpectedly,” said MMA President Cindy Firkins Smith, M.D. “Young people suffer eye and hand injuries from fireworks each summer. It’s better to celebrate Independence Day by watching firework displays set off by experts.”
On average 200 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month surrounding the Fourth of July, according to 2011 data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Forty-six percent of those injuries are to hands and fingers; 17 percent to eyes. And it’s not just the large fireworks that are hurting people. Seventeen percent of the injuries were the result of seemingly harmless sparklers.
“The MMA would prefer that fireworks not even be available but as long as they are around we encourage everyone to use extreme caution,” Smith said.
About the Minnesota Medical Association
The Minnesota Medical Association is a non-profit professional association representing physicians, residents and medical students. With more than 10,000 members, the MMA is dedicated to being the indispensable and unified voice of physicians for advancing the practice of medicine, the profession and patient health.