FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Josh Levine said the fireworks have already started in his Fort Lauderdale neighborhood. He said they are going off almost every evening.
Patricia Taime isn’t surprised. She is the owner of Fireworks Lady and Co., a wholesaler in Miami-Dade County. Demand always spikes late June and July.
For Luis Derosa, of Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Miami Burn Center, this means a spike in injuries related to fireworks.
“There were many years on Fourth of July when we had multiple children with their hands blown off,” said Derosa, a former bedside trauma and burn nurse.
Derosa fears this year there might be more injuries than usual. Since most of the public events have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the National Fire Protection Agency expects inexperienced people will be experimenting on their own.
Dr. Robert Larsen, Emergency Medicine physician at @plantationhosp Plantation General Hospital explains some of the most common #fireworks-related injuries he sees in the #emergencyroom + listen to what he says about #sparklers. #SOUNDON More on https://t.co/YnKX2NZJQ5 pic.twitter.com/WZ2ry8BUUb— Christina Vazquez (@CBoomerVazquez) June 25, 2020
Derosa said he is concerned about the use of sparklers, which he said have caused children’s second to third-degree hand burns. Keep them away from pets.
“Sparklers burn at 2,000-degree Fahrenheit,” Derosa said. “Very dangerous. It is almost hotter than a blow torch.”
- Sober adults should light fireworks, not children.
- Light them one at a time in a designated safe area
- Keep spectators away and have a barrier between kids and the display since children have a tendency to get hurt during the time period.
- Have two buckets of water nearby. One is for malfunctioning fireworks and the other for a person who gets burned. The only way to stop the burning process is water.
VIRTUAL ED FOR PARENTS
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Our first Summer To School Virtual Series webinar was a success! 🙌 If you are ready to attend our next webinar, join us on Zoom next Thursday, June 25 at 8 p.m. for a discussion on Summer Safety: water, fireworks, sun, and #COVID19. Moderated by Cierra Bragan from @miamimomsblog, our expert panel includes Luis DeRosa Jr., RN, BSN, EMT-P from Miami Burn Center and Ximena Nunez from @thechildrenstrust. To access recordings of previous Summer to School Seminars and resources, visit JacksonEvents.org To register, please go to the link in our bio.