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June 2012 • #33
A Note from the Medical Editor

Summertime is here and in most places around the U.S., July 4th is going to be hot, hot, hot! If your plans include a day at the beach, barbecuing with friends, or watching the parade and fireworks, be sure to stock up on sunscreen and have your family drink plenty of water.

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 smartest move? Leave fireworks to the trained professionals!

No matter what you choose to do, be safe and have fun. Happy 4th of July everyone!
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,

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Sparklers can burn at more than 1000°F and account for 10% of fireworks-related injuries overall. So, even sparklers should be avoided.

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