Enjoy fireworks without the injuries

Enjoy fireworks without the injuries

ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 27, 2017) — For many Americans, the Fourth of July is the most festive part of the summer. While backyard barbeques and block parties are frequent highlights, fireworks are traditionally amongst the most popular of activities.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) urges revelers to follow safety precautions when using fireworks to avoid injury to body parts like hands, arms or even the face.

A significant number of injuries due to fireworks are reported every year, including in states where consumer fireworks are against the law. In 2016, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), fireworks caused:
  Expert advice:
“Acknowledging the dangers of fireworks is the first step to preventing injuries caused
by them,” said AAOS spokesperson and orthopaedic hand and wrist specialist
Brandon Elizabeth Earp, MD. “People are at serious risk of losing a finger and other debilitating injuries when using fireworks. Always follow precautions or consider watching a professional fireworks show instead of lighting your own.”

Follow these simple tips to ensure safety for yourself and for those around you:


About the AAOS
With 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

Kayee Ip
phone: 847-384-4035
email: ip@aaos.org

Kelly King Johnson
phone: 847-384-4033
email: king@aaos.org