Safety officials warn against firework, grilling hazards



PITTSBURGH - In the heat of summer, people take part in various outdoor activities that, although enjoyable, can become dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken.

Dr. Jenny Ziembicki, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy Burn Center, said, “Annually we see about 10,000 injuries related to outdoor activities.”

About 50 percent of those injuries involve children, Channel 11’s Trisha Pittman reported.

Campfires, grilling and fireworks are just some of the activities that can potentially become dangerous.

Using too much fuel on a campfire or charcoal grill can pose fire hazards, as can propane grills if not lit properly.

Safety officials recommend the creation of a safe perimeter around such activities to reduce the risk of injuries.

With the 4th of July days away, the use of fireworks should also be taken seriously.

Although illegal in Pennsylvania, people bring fireworks across state lines or even make their own.

In a demonstration of firework dangers from the Pittsburgh Police Bomb Squad, a firework detonation sent a chunk of a watermelon flying almost the length of a football field.

“We've actually been to some of the scenes where there's been detonation where bits and pieces of human fingers have been blown off,” said Detective Carlos Schrader.

To avoid injuries caused by fireworks and sparklers, officials recommend glow sticks as a safe alternative.