UW Health Urges Community to Be Safe This Fourth of July

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Madison, Wisconsin – Historically, UW Health emergency medicine providers have seen an increase in the number of patients presenting with painful, and sometime serious fireworks-related injuries in the days leading up to the Fourth of July.


With the holiday just a few days away, UW Health emergency medicine physicians remind the community to take extra precautions if they choose to use or be around fireworks.


In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, many large-scale celebrations and fireworks displays have been cancelled this year. These smart public health decisions may encourage more use of fireworks at home or at small gatherings with family and friends that could carry additional risk of injury.


Burn injuries can be painful, take a long time to heal, or even result in permanent disability. Firework injuries can cause the loss of fingers or eyes, so UW Health wants everyone to stay safe and keep these tips in mind on this Fourth of July holiday. 

  • Alcohol and fireworks are a dangerous combination. Do not handle fireworks if you have been drinking.
  • When handling fireworks, wear protective coverings like gloves or goggles. 
  • Ensure that children are a safe distance away before an adult lights fireworks.
  • Never hold fireworks in your hand when lighting.
  • If a firework fails to light the first time, do not relight it.
  • After a firework or sparkler is "out" it is still very hot so it should not be touched.
  • Keep a large water source close to any fireworks use.

Video: Dr. Jeff Pothof Discusses Firework Safety


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Date Published: 07/02/2020

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