Albany Med Doctors, Police and Fire Departments Stress Fireworks Safety
ALBANY, N.Y., July 3, 2012—As the community celebrates the Fourth of July, physicians at Albany Medical Center’s emergency department, and officials with the Albany Police and Albany Fire Departments are reminding the public that amateur fireworks can be dangerous.
According to Daniel Pauze, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine and an attending physician at Albany Medical Center, fireworks injuries are frequent this time of year, and are often seen in children and young adults.
“The best way to stay safe this holiday is to leave the fireworks to the professionals,” he said.
“Most commonly we see burns, often on the hands. Frequently, these injuries are from sparklers, which may seem harmless but are incredibly hot and dangerous. We also see eye injuries from bottle rockets, roman candles, and other projectiles, as well as hand injuries -- including digit amputations -- from firecrackers and M80s.”
According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2010 more than 8,600 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. In addition, there were 15,500 reported fires caused by fireworks.
Chief Robert C. Forezzi Sr. of the Albany Fire Department hopes that Albany citizens will enjoy the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and the fun and excitement of fireworks. However, he cautions, “For safety reasons, citizens should leave fireworks to the professionals, and be particularly vigilant in light of the unseasonably hot temperatures and dry conditions.”
The Albany Police Department also reminds citizens to use caution. “On behalf of the Albany Police Department, I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July,” says Chief Steve Krokoff. “I would like to remind the members of our community to celebrate the holiday in a safe and responsible manner. As the holiday approaches, I strongly urge everyone to consider the dangers that fireworks can pose to our community, as well as to your individual health and safety.”
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