The Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal's Office wants you, your family and friends to have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday. Fireworks cause thousands of burn and eye injuries each year. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to more than 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year. You can enjoy fireworks safely if you follow these simple tips:
If injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don't touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage. Also, do not flush the eye out with water or attempt to put any ointment on it. If it's a burn, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool (not cold) water over the burn. Do not use ice. Seek immediate medical attention.
If you have any questions please contact our office directly at 704-336-3761, and in an emergency, call 911.
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