New numbers show more Americans injured from fireworks

, Posted: Fri, July 4 2014 at 5:11 PM, Updated: Fri, July 4 2014 at 7:25 PM

Medford, Ore. -- Before you light off you own fireworks this 4th of July, think twice about your safety. That's the message being put out as new numbers reveal more Americans are getting hurt using fireworks.

At the Valley Immediate Care clinic in South Medford, Dr. Beverly Steinman is no stranger to injuries on the fourth.

"Unfortunately this time of year we do see increased injuries from fireworks," said Steinman.

Safety is always a big concern, but especially since new numbers out of the Consumer Product Safety Commission were released.

"Firework fatalities and injuries are on the rise. They jumped about 30% this past year," said Bob Adler, the Acting Chairman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

According to the report, in 2013 eight people died in fireworks related accidents and more than 11,000 others were injured.

While Steinman said her clinic does not see a huge number of firework related injuries, she urges caution this holiday weekend.

"Hopefully we don't see anything this year, but when we do see injuries, they tend to be burns...sparks could get into the eye," Steinman said.

In the event someone has a minor burn, there are steps that can be taken at home. Steinman said it's a good idea to immediately run the burn under cold water.

"Don't put things like butter, oils on it," Steinman directed.

If the burn or injury is bad enough, don't hesitate to get it checked out.

"We want people to be very very careful," she said.

A number of Southern Oregon cities do have restrictions on fireworks.

Also, just a word of caution, even sparklers burn at up to 2000 degrees fahrenheit. That temperature is about the same as a blow torch.

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