Simple ways to prevent fireworks injuries - KLFY News 10

Simple ways to prevent fireworks injuries

Every year, firework sales are big business. And with that, comes injuries every year as well. The Lafayette Fire Department says it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. They’re hoping people will take this issue seriously. 

"Make sure you don't point it or stick it onto someone, then you have an injury or someone's eyes or hands are injured pretty badly and they wind up in the emergency room,” said Alton Trahan, LFD spokesperson. 

Trahan says the most common firework injuries are first degree and second degree burns on the fingertips. Even if you're not personally lighting the fireworks, it's best to avoid loose fit clothing in case sparks may fly. Properly lighting fireworks is just as important. Do not use matches and do not use lighters since a firework could explode earlier than expected. 

"What you should do when you go to a fireworks stand, buy the punks that they sell,” said Trahan. “That’s what you should use. It’s long enough and it'll give you some time and distance away from the fireworks." 

Trahan says, above all, expect the unexpected, even if a firework does not go off. "You never know,” said Trahan. 

“One thing that we do know is if it's dud, put water on it. Do not stand over it. Do not pick it up because it could have a delay, then all of a sudden it explodes on your hands and in your face." 

Lighting fireworks within the incorporated areas of Lafayette Parish is prohibited. Anyone caught could face a misdemeanor summons.

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