Firework Safety and Burn Treatment | Biodermis

Firework Safety and Burn Treatment |

Every year for the Fourth of July, thousands of Americans are sent to the ER for burn wounds caused by the intense heat of fireworks. Fireworks are fun and mesmerizing to watch, but it’s important to be safety-conscious and aware of your surroundings especially if you have children nearby. If you do happen to get burned by a firework, there are steps you can take to care for your burn wound and reduce the scarring that may develop as a result. Here at Biodermis, we want you and your family to enjoy this great American holiday but to also keep safety as your number one priority.

Continue reading to learn more about firework burns and how you can treat them and minimize the scarring that may develop later on.

Firework safety and burns
Fireworks were first developed in medieval China around the 9th century and were originally used as a cultural and ritual practice to ward off evil spirits. Today, fireworks are used all over the world for many different celebrations and holidays. Fireworks contain gunpowder and a fuse which ignites a charge. The fuse is typically lit with a lighter or some other heat source. Due to the gunpowder, it’s no surprise that fireworks get really, really hot. This is why it’s important, as soon as the firework is lit, to run away and stand back at a safe distance. If the firework does not go off after it is lit (which may happen with faulty fireworks), you should wait several minutes before going near it. You should always use a long multi-purpose lighter to protect your hands from getting burned.

Young children should be supervised by an adult or refrain from using fireworks altogether. Even sparklers, which are often used by young children, can burn at extremely high temperatures. To keep your streets and neighborhoods safe, throw away any used fireworks and debris after waiting several minutes for them to cool off. Fireworks should never be pointed at a person, near a house, or under a tree.

If you or someone near you is burned by a firework, it’s important to treat the wound just like any other burn. The first thing you should do is run the burn under cool water to soothe the pain and clear away any germs or particles. Once the wound has been run under cool water, you can apply aloe vera to manage the pain or use an antibiotic ointment. Wrapping gauze or a bandage to cover the burn can protect it from sun exposure or harmful irritants. First and second-degree burns can often be treated at home. However, if the burn is more serious, a trip to the ER is highly recommended.

Burn scar care
Burns that penetrate the skin deeply enough will likely leave a scar. While scars from burn wounds are often unavoidable, there is still something you can do to reduce their appearance. Medical-grade topical silicone for scars is the only clinically-proven method for treating scars that doesn’t involve costly surgery or laser treatment. Topical silicone has been the gold standard for scar therapy for over 30 years and is currently the most recommended treatment option by physicians around the world. Silicone gel is specifically designed to help with any scar type attained from burns or surgery and can be easily obtained through your physician or online at

Biodermis is an innovative market leader with 30 years of expertise in the medical silicone industry. Visit today to explore a complete range of scar management and post-operative care solutions.

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