Ochsner sends out warning ahead of July 4th holiday

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BATON ROUGE, La. (FOX 44)(NBC LOCAL 33) – “Fireworks are explosives that demand careful attention and safe handling,” said Ochsner Primary Care Physician Michelle Becnel, M.D. 

Officials with Ochsner Baton Rouge said in a news release even though the 4th of July is a time for fun and celebrating our country, it’s also a busy time for emergency rooms.

An estimated 9,100 people went to the ER last year with firework-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“Viewing public fireworks displays handled by professionals is the safest way to enjoy fireworks,” added Dr. Becnel.

According to that news release from the medical center, here are the “do’s” and “don’ts” to stay safe:


  • Have knowledgeable supervision by an experienced adult.
  • Buy fireworks from reputable dealers.
  • Read fireworks labels and follow directions carefully.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or bucket of water nearby.
  • Light fireworks one at a time and move back quickly.
  • Discard fireworks as directed.


  • Never allow young children to use or ignite fireworks, including sparklers.
  • Don’t consume alcohol when using fireworks.
  • Never light fireworks indoors or near other objects.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person, ever.
  • Never try to re-light fireworks that fail to ignite, or tape them together.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

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