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Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - Safety Tips: Celebrate safely during the Fourth of July

Fireworks are a fun part of Fourth of July celebrations, but it’s important to remember that even simple sparklers can cause burns and fires.

Important fireworks safety tips from Sparrow Emergency Department Physician John Dery, D.O., FACEP, FACOEP:

  • Always have adult supervision and a fire extinguisher or water nearby when lighting fireworks.
  • Never use fireworks while under the influence of alcohol.
  • Make sure a phone is nearby in case you need to call 911.
  • The most dangerous fireworks are the ones you have to light and run away from — if they don’t go off right away, they still represent a danger.
  • If a firework is a “dud,” make sure it is disposed of properly after soaking in water.
  • Burns happen frequently and should be evaluated in the Emergency Department because they are susceptible to infection and other complications. It’s especially important to have a Physician evaluate when children are burned or when adults burn their hands, face or genitals.
  • The Sparrow Hospital Emergency Department is open 24/7 and is the region's only Verified Level 1 Trauma Center caring for adult and pediatric Patients. For more information, visit

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