Wednesday, July 3 2013, 05:37 PM MDT
By Carla Roberts
(KUTV) July is a month filled with celebrations. Many folks in Utah will celebrate the 4th of July and Pioneer Day with food, fun, and fireworks. However, doctors warn that fireworks can cause serious injuries. “Most of the time, we see burns to the hands and face.” Doctor David Hasleton is an emergency room physician at Intermountain Medical Center. Aside from burns, Dr. Hasleton says eye injuries are common during 4th of July celebrations. “It is usually kids lighting the fireworks and then the firework goes off too quickly and they can’t move away from them. Or, they will light it and it doesn’t go off and they go back to pick it up to see what it is doing.”
Doctor Phillip Hoopes Junior has also seen devastating eye injuries from fireworks. “I once took care of a child on the 4th of July who had taken the powder from fireworks, mixed it, and put it into a PVC pipe and it blew up directly in his face.”
Dr. Hoopes says adults and children should wear protective eyewear if they are near a firework. In fact, Hoopes Vision is giving out free safety glasses during the month of July. They have about 500 pairs of glasses to hand out at their clinic in Draper. Their office is located at 11820 South State Street. You can also call (801) 568-0200 for more information.
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