Experts offer safety tips as use of illegal fireworks increase in NY

Illegal fireworks have been more frequent this year in the weeks before Independence Day.

News 12 Staff

Jul 4, 2020, 5:53 PM

Updated 1,450 days ago

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Illegal fireworks have been more frequent this year in the weeks before Independence Day.
Experts say fireworks are dangerous for both professionals and residents.
Dr. Sandra Scott, of Brookdale Hospital, says younger people are especially at risk while using fireworks.
"Children under the age of 15 account for a little more than a third of all firework injuries," Scott says.
She also says that burns are the most common type of injury, and 30% of those injuries involve the hands and fingers. Children, who have smaller hands and fingers then adults, have an increased risk of amputation and injury.
Dr. Sarah Jamison, of St. Barnabas Hospital, says if someone is injured from fireworks, a burn should be run under cold water or a cool, clean towel should be put over the area. The victim should then be brought to the emergency room.
She says putting butter or any type of ointment on a burn could make it worse.
Deputy Director of the NYC Veterans Alliance James Fitzgerald says people with post-traumatic stress disorder also struggle with unexpected displays.
"You're dealing with individuals that have a number one priority of security," Fitzgerald says. "What is a hugemungous impact to that security is not knowing where there's going to be a massive explosive show outside for a celebration of a massive national holiday."
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams urges people who see fireworks to try and find a community solution before calling police.
 


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