Unfortunately there are approximately 7600 firework related hand injuries in the United States between mid-June and mid-July each year. 84% of these are serious injuries to the thumb and first web space, according to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. 70.8% of these victims are males and 29.2% are females.
The leading cause of these injuries is holding a lit firecracker; Ground spinners, sparklers, and flares cause burns to the soft tissue, while String Bombs and Rockets cause blast injuries. These are serious life altering injuries, and preventing them is the key.
Follow these guidelines when handling fireworks:
- Never hold or pick up an unexploded firework.
- Don’t lean over a lit firework.
- Light fireworks one at a time.
- Supervise children and teenagers near fireworks.
- Have water near by to extinguish flames or cool burns right away.
- Never light a homemade firework.
- Always do fireworks outside.
If the unthinkable happens, cool burn injuries with water immediately and call 911. Call 911 for any other injuries.
We wish you a Happy Fourth of July and we truly hope not to see you as a patient from a fireworks injury at LB Hand Therapy, but we are here if you need us.