Fireworks: Charms and Harms

A marvelous element of celebrating July 4th is, of course, the beautiful fireworks. They are both wonderful to watch and thrilling to set off. However, danger always follows during the celebration of Independence Day.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 36% of firework-related accidents are on the hand. These injuries include burns, which may lead to nerve damage, and missing fingers.

Among the accidents this year was New York Giants' defensive end, Jason Pierre-Paul. Unfortunately, he had to have his right index finger amputated five days after the incident. Source: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/07/14/report-jason-pierre-paul-out-of-hospital/

To read more about safety and the unfortunate incidents of 2015, click here: http://www.cpsc.gov/pagefiles/121339/012.pdf

This entry was prepared by Gigi Lu, an Enterprise for High School Students (EHSS) summer intern taking part in the EHSS Career Exploration Program. Founded in 1969, EHSS is a non-profit organization with a mission to prepare San Francisco high school students for future success in the workplace and higher education. They offer hundreds of opportunities for youth to develop life skills through engagement in work. Dr. Diao has sponsored EHSS students for 17 years in the Career Exploration Program at UCSF, in his private office, and at the San Francisco Surgery Center, and has served as an EHSS board member for 6 years.

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