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Published in Media Alerts on July 01, 2014 (PDF)

Fireworks safety press availability

Media Contact: Gary Pettus at 601-984-1000 or ricummins@umc.edu.

WHAT: Dr. Alan Jones, professor and chair of the UMMC Department of Emergency Medicine, is available for media interviews on fireworks safety as the Independence Day holiday approaches.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, July 2

WHERE: Public Affairs office, Verner S. Holmes Learning Resource Center, for escort to the Emergency Department 

WHY: Nationally, more than 240 people on average visit the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday, reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In 2013, 65 percent of fireworks injuries occurred during that same period. Hands and fingers are the most injured body parts (36 percent), followed by heads, faces and ears (22 percent), eyes (16 percent), trunks & other (7 percent) and arms (5 percent). The largest percentage (31) of the injuries is caused by sparklers. Eight fireworks-related deaths were reported to the CPSC in 2013.