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Practice Fireworks Safety for Your Holiday Celebration

Farmington Hills, Mich. (June 29, 2009)---The Fourth of July holiday is Saturday and many Americans are thinking about the excitement of fireworks displays. For millions of adults and children, fireworks are a staple of the festivities. Before celebrating, it is important that everyone remembers the importance of fireworks safety. 
 
“Fireworks can turn an enjoyable evening into a night in the Emergency Room when children and adults are injured while using fireworks,” says Sanford Vieder, D.O., an Emergency physician at Botsford Hospital. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in an estimated 9,200 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2006. An estimated 6,400 injuries were treated during the one-month period surrounding the Fourth of July. Dr. Vieder says, “Hands and face, including the eyes, are the most commonly injured body parts.” 
 
“The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home,” says Dr. Vieder. “Attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.” If you are going to light fireworks, he offers the following safety tips: 
 
· Only use fireworks outdoors. 
· Obey local laws and purchase only legal fireworks. 
· Have a bucket of water to discard all used fireworks. 
· Read and follow all warnings and instructions. 
· Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks; soak them in water and throw them away. 
· Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses. 
· Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.” 
· Only persons over the age of 21 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.

Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high-quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. As one of Beaumont Health's eight hospitals, Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330-bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center, a comprehensive care cancer center and an extensive medical education program---part of Michigan State University's Statewide Campus System. Annually, Botsford cares for about 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of approximately 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and 600 physicians.

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