HOW TO STAY SAFE THIS 4th OF JULY
Families should NEVER buy fireworks for their children to use. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to urge families about the thousands of people, most of which are children and adolescents, that are injured each year when using consumer fireworks.
Few people understand the dangers of fireworks. Despite the risks associated with fireworks, children and adolescents continue to cause fires, get devastating burns, and obtain severe injuries that can result in death.
Fireworks Safety Tips for Families:
- All fireworks can result in severe burns, scars, blindness and even death.
- Sparklers are often thought to be safe for children and adolescents to use. What most parents are unaware of is the temperatures that sparklers can reach. Sparklers can reach temperatures above 1000° Fahrenheit and can burn not only the user but bystanders as well.
- Rather than using fireworks at home, community firework displays that are professionally run are the safest way for families to enjoy fireworks. Locations of community firework displays can be found through local newspapers and news broadcasts.
For More Information:
NFPA-Videos About Firework Safety:
Healthy Children.org- Summer Safety Tips: Staying Safe Outdoors:
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Summer-Safety-Tips-Staying Safe Outdoors.aspx
Source Healthy Children.org:
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This post was written by Delaware Pediatrics