Media Coverage: Doctors warn of injuries caused by fireworks over Fourth of July holiday

July 3, 2019

Many people celebrate the Fourth of July by setting off fireworks. But doctors warn people to be cautious when doing so, as many people end up in the emergency department over the holiday every year.

Dr. Samir Doshi, an emergency medicine physician with Saint Luke's, talks about the various injuries that bring people to the hospital and which types of fireworks to be extra careful with.

One-third of fireworks injuries that end up in the emergency department are to children under the age of 15. 

"Sparklers ignite and burn at temperatures over 1,000 degrees temperatures that could melt metal," Dr. Doshi said. "You wouldn't give your kid a blowtorch, so I don't know that I'd recommend giving your kid a sparkler either."

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