Ring in the new year with safe fireworks display

If you’re planning on ringing in the new year with fireworks, make sure you do it the right way.

Dr. Brad Scott, professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, offers a few tips to ensure a safe New Year’s celebration.


Many injuries that occur are burns on the hand. If the burn is small and looks similar to a sunburn, wash it with cold water and apply a light dressing. If the area bubbles or is a waxy texture, visit the emergency room as soon as possible, said Scott.

If an eye injury occurs, wash it out with water and do not put anything on it, and avoid scratching or rubbing the area, Scott recommended.

A majority of fireworks injuries occur in children, so be sure to teach them fireworks safety at an early age.

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