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Stay Safe this 4th of July

On any other day of the year, would you hand your child matches or a flaming candle to play with? Probably, a hard no. 

You work so hard all year long to keep your child safe.  

Don't let the 4th of July mess with your common sense.

Over 12,000 fireworks injuries were treated in emergency rooms in 2017; children under 15 accounted for more than a third of these emergency room visits for burns, hand/finger injuries, head/face injuries, and eye injuries.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to urge families NOT to buy fireworks for their own or their children's use, as thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured each year while using consumer fireworks. 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.

Wave a flag instead of a sparkler.

  • According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission,  nearly half of the fireworks injuries to children under the age of 5 are caused by sparklers. 

  • Sparklers burn at an extremely high heat: 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals.

  • Sparks can ignite clothing on fire and cause eye injuries.

  • Touching a lit sparkler to skin can result in third degree burns.

Even if fireworks are legal to purchase and use in your community, they are not safe around children.

Keep the 4th of July fun, and leave the fireworks to the professionals. 

Watch a public display near you―less than 1% of injuries in 2017 were associated with public fireworks displays.

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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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