ROSEMONT, Ill., June 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fireworks in the summer signify the celebration of Independence
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) urges celebrators to follow safety precautions when using fireworks to avoid injury to body parts like fingers, hands, arms or even the face.
A significant number of injuries due to fireworks are reported every year. In 2015, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), fireworks caused:
"Consider going to a professional display in your neighborhood instead of handling fireworks yourself," said AAOS spokesperson and orthopaedic hand and wrist specialist Nina R. Lightdale-Miric, MD. "But if you decide to use them, carefully read and follow the caution label on the packaging before use to help reduce your risk of serious injury. Not doing so can result in injuries to various parts of your body, especially your hands and can cause permanent burn scars on your face."
Follow these simple tips to ensure safety for yourself and for those around you:
About the AAOSWith more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world's largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides educational programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues.
Visit AAOS at: Newsroom.aaos.org for bone and joint health news, stats, facts, images and interview requests.ANationinMotion.org for inspirational patient stories, and orthopaedic surgeon tips on maintaining bone and joint health, avoiding injuries, treating musculoskeletal conditions and navigating recovery.Orthoinfo.org for patient information on hundreds of orthopaedic diseases and conditions. Facebook.com/AAOS1 Twitter.com/AAOS1
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SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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