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UPMC Mercy Burn Center Stresses Fireworks Safety at News Conference

Fireworks Injury Prevention and Burn Safety Discussed in Time for Summer Celebrations; Annual Glow Stick Giveaway Announced

WHAT: Informational press conference and fireworks danger demonstration


  • Jenny Ziembicki, M.D., medical director, UPMC Mercy burn services
  • Vincent Fustos, patient who experienced catastrophic injuries due to fireworks usage
  • Colleen Walz, deputy chief, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire and Fire Prevention
  • Bill Wojnar, sergeant, Allegheny County Bomb Squad
  • local EMS and firefighting personnel

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 27        

WHERE: UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust St., Uptown; press conference—Clark Auditorium, 2nd Floor; demonstration will be held in a lot outside of the hospital immediately following conference

WHY: Each year, an average of five people are admitted to the UPMC Mercy Burn Center with serious injuries resulting in the loss of vision or limbs, specifically fingers and hands, related to fireworks usage. As part of an ongoing effort to discourage the use of fireworks and sparklers, the burn center team will once again provide glow sticks to local area EMS facilities for distribution. Community members are encouraged to contact their local EMS department for availability.

Note to Media: Please meet media relations personnel in the main lobby of UPMC Mercy to be escorted to the conference room. Picnic lunch will be served for press conference attendees following the demonstration.

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