What to do if... you're burned by a firework

As July 4th approaches, we want to make sure that families around Oklahoma can celebrate safely. The Alexander Burn Center at Hillcrest treats around 50 burn cases within the week of the holiday. Weera Chainakul, M.D., FACS, medical director at the burn center, said these burns range from 2nd degree burns with painful blistering to 4th degree burns that could lead to amputation.  

What should you do if you are burned?  

  • Rinse the affected area with lukewarm water  
  • Never rinse the area with cold or ice water 
  • Cover the area with a clean, dry bandage 
  • Seek medical attention  

Dr. Chainakul said if the burn has concerning drainage or you are experiencing fever, vomiting or severe pain, you should seek medical help.  

How can you prevent injury from fireworks?  

  • Tie back long hair 
  • Wear closed-toe and well-fitting shoes  
  • Do not aim fireworks at people  
  • Never stand directly over a firework  
  • Have a bucket of water available nearby    

If you are burned and need non-emergent medical care, please call 918-579-4580.