Some city and local fireworks displays conducted by professionals are being eliminated or cut back this year due to economic or weather conditions. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to urge families NOT to buy fireworks for their own or their children's use.
Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks -- devastating burns, other injuries, fires and even death. The AAP is part of the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks, a group of health and safety organizations that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and to only enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.
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