Tips while staying safe around fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day the right way by keeping yourself and your family safe from homemade fireworks displays.

Each Fourth of July, more than 9,000 people are injured by fireworks due to misuse. Nearly half of these injuries occur in people under the age of 20.

If you find yourself on the wrong end of the explosion, you can be at risk of severe burns, fractures, sprains — and much more.

Don’t let yourself or a loved one become a fireworks safety statistic.

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Essential Fireworks Safety Tips

Learn more about fireworks safety

The UPMC Trauma Care System has teamed with UPMC Mercy Burn Center to create a resource that outlines common fireworks-related injuries, statistics, and facts. Check out these safe fireworks alternatives to prevent a holiday trip to the hospital.

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Emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye or in a heartbeat. And when they do, minutes matter. UPMC’s Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care services are ready to provide world-class care, no matter how serious your emergency. All our Emergency Departments have a full-time staff of emergency specialists at the ready 24 hours a day. We use advanced technology to diagnose and treat your condition and coordinate with your doctor to provide the best care possible. We also have specialized trauma care at several of our hospitals. If you or a loved one is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or visit the nearest Emergency Department.