(UNDATED) - The Indiana State Department of Health has released its 2008 fireworks-related injuries report.
As of August 12, 2008, there were 141 fireworks- related injuries, including one death. Of these injuries, more than three-quarters (111) occurred between June 30 and July 6.
"Sixty-five percent of the fireworks injuries were burns, mostly to the fingers and hands" said Joan Duwve, M.D., Medical Director For Injury Prevention at the State Department of Health. However, eye injuries were also fairly common.
State health officials say children and adolescents continue to be most affected by fireworks injuries. According to the report, 62.3 percent of the injuries to youth occurred with an adult present.
Almost half of the total injuries involved children and adolescents, but they make up a little more than one- fourth of the population.
Dr. Duwve says the best way to prevent fireworks injuries is to attend a public fireworks display rather than buying fireworks for personal use. But she says that if people insist on using fireworks at home, they should never allow young children to play with fireworks, including sparklers.
In August 2007, the State Department of Health reported 156 fireworks- related injuries in Indiana.
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