New Mexico Department of Health
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David Morgan
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Burning Truths about Holiday Safety

July 2, 2014 - Injury Prevention - Safety

Photo of a someone about to light a bunch of firecrackers whild holding them in their hand.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is traditionally the time for parties, barbecues and fireworks, but for emergency rooms in New Mexico, it’s more than that.

It’s a day where the hospital staff knows to expect to see patients arriving suffering burns, bruises, lacerations, even foreign objects in the eye.

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day, yet the day can also bring pain, even death.

The New Mexico Department of Health most recent available data shows on July 4, 2012, there were 23 emergency room visits for firework injuries in the state.

That same year, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) conducted a nationwide study of fireworks injuries from June 22nd through July 22nd. Here’s what they learned:

Charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.

There are things you can do to protect you and your family from fireworks injuries. The Department of Health and the CPSC recommend the following to assure a safe Independence Day this Friday:

For more information on fireworks safety, log onto the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

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