Doctors Warn to Use Caution Around Fireworks

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Fourth of July fun can soon turn into a trip to the emergency room and local hospitals are prepared.

Dr. James Holden works in the ER with the Northwest Health System in Bentonville. He said sparklers and bottle rockets cause most of the injuries he sees during the holiday festivities.

"Either 1st or 2nd degree burns, 2nd degree burns have a blisters and they can be quite serious as far as having problems healing and leaving scars," Dr. Holden said.

Fireworks can also damage the eyes.

"It just causes damage to the eye that you may not recover," Dr. Holden said. "It's not uncommon to end up with blindness in the affected eye for firework injuries."

Parental supervision is what doctors said can help avoid some of these accidents since most happen to young kids. The most common injuries are burns.

"Kids love to use them the parents need to be sure and supervise because they do you get hot and cause burns," Dr. Holden said.

Dr. Lance Faddis, doctor for internal medicine and pediatrics for Mercy Hospital, said kids shouldn't be handling them at all.

"From a parental standpoint, I really recommend for children that they really don't handle fireworks," Dr. Faddis said. "I would have parents to try to find a public display. Fireworks really have to be handled age appropriately."

Dr. Faddis said he also sees burns and injuries to face during this time of year. He said recovery time depends on the burn.

“You're going to have a very painful recover, likely a few weeks’ worth,” he said. “A recovery for even a small burn and a larger burn can result in permanent damage depending on the severity of the burn."

Mercy Hospital in Rogers also has a convenience clinic, which will be open on the Fourth of July until 5 p.m.

Doctors said people have to be even more responsible with the larger fireworks.

"Those are the kinds that if it goes off in your hand, it can blow your hand off," Dr. Holden said.

Find a public fireworks show in your area.