Fireworks Are Only Fun If You Stay Out Of The ER

Independence Day is around the corner, and fireworks are a big part of the celebration.

And while fun and festive, fireworks can also be dangerous. In fact, approximately 250 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission Fireworks Annual Report. More than three quarters of these injuries occur in the head, neck or upper extremities.

Facial plastic surgeons treat more than their fair share of individuals who have been injured by fireworks, and these facial trauma surgeries and burn repairs, which are often preventable, can be extensive and leave lasting damage. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) annual member survey, facial plastic surgeons report that the fourth top reconstructive facial plastic surgery performed last year was for Facial Trauma.

“Hospital emergency rooms see an uptick on facial trauma injuries due to firework injuries resulting in severe burns, lacerations, visual impairment and hearing loss,” says Phillip R. Langsdon, facial plastic surgeon and president of the AAFPRS. “Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons are trained to treat patients who require post-traumatic reconstruction procedures. Facial reconstructive surgery is complex so we always advise patients to ‘trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon’.”

If you plan on watching or using fireworks, follow these safety tips:

  • Keep children away from fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

The AAFPRS reminds patients to always go to a board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in surgery of the face, head and neck. Select a physician based on qualifications, not price to stay safe and get the results you’re looking for. To search for a board certified qualified surgeon near you, please visit:

For more information or to be connected with a member of the AAFPRS about facial plastic or reconstructive surgery, please contact

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The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery.  It represents more than 2,500 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons who perform plastic surgery of the face, head and neck, and the majority of the rhinoplasties, throughout the world.