Modesto Orthopedic Surgeon Discusses Firework Safety

Jul 1, 2019
Fourth of July celebrations don’t seem complete until colorful, blazing pyrotechnics light up the sky. But every year, backyard fireworks lead to emergency room visits.

“Last Fourth of July, we had an (adolescent) girl who was playing a game with her friends: Who could hold the firework the longest,” said Dr. Marc Trzeciak, “She lost.”

The firework blew up in her hand, which was severely damaged and required partial amputation.

Trzeciak is a hand and trauma surgeon and the director of the orthopedic surgery residency program at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.

He considers Independence Day to be one of their busiest, with at least 10 people with hand injuries coming to the emergency room. That’s more than double the number on a typical day, and injuries from explosive devices are often severe.

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