State Fire Marshal Warns Public of Dangers of Fireworks During Safety Demonstration | thebaynet.com | TheBayNet.com


HOWARD COUNTY, Maryland – State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci joined Howard County Fire Chief Bill Anuszewski this morning, along with leaders from various medical fields, to present the dangers of legal and illegal fireworks.

A member of the Maryland State Fire Marshal mine clearance team shows the aftermath of a rubber hand holding a quarter-stick of illegal fireworks, left, to show the danger of using fireworks illegal

“There were many fireworks incidents reported in Maryland over the past year,” State Fire Marshal Geraci said. “Preventing burns, injuries and fires has always been a top priority in our office. The safest way to enjoy fireworks this July 4th holiday season is by attending one of the numerous public fireworks displays throughout the state. “

The safety demonstration, led by the state fire marshal’s bomb squad, showed the impacts of M-80s, firecrackers and even sparklers on various parts of the human body, including hands and eyes .

“A sparkler can burn enough to melt gold,” said Dr. Dean Fiergang, ophthalmologist and board member of the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. “While advances in ophthalmic surgery have come a long way, there is very little that can be done when such extreme temperatures come into contact with the human eye.”

If you insist on seeing fireworks at home rather than a recommended professional display, you are encouraged to do the following:

• Keep a bucket of water handy for sparklers and other fireworks after use.

• Never try to rekindle fireworks that have not fully ignited the first time.

• Never use fireworks in combination with alcohol and other drugs.

• Never let children use fireworks or sparklers

• Light the fireworks one at a time and walk away quickly after lighting

• Check your county’s local fireworks rules to make sure you are only using legal fireworks products.

“This is one of the busiest times of the year for the Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Memorial Hospital,” said Dr. Ryan Zimmerman, hand surgeon at the hospital. “If you lose your fingers in a fireworks accident, never place them directly on ice. Wrap them in gauze first and place them in a plastic bag in another bag. plastic containing a combination of ice and water. Go straight to the nearest emergency room. “

Click here for a list of professional fireworks allowed in the state of Maryland during the holiday season or visit https://mdsp.maryland.gov/firemarshal/Pages/ExplosivesandFireworks.aspx.

A member of the Maryland State Fire Marshal mine clearance team shows the aftermath of a rubber hand holding a quarter-stick of illegal fireworks, left, to show the danger of using fireworks illegal


Comments are closed.