The Fourth of July is a time for celebration, with food, friends, and of course fireworks.
Sally Kreuscher, a child advocacy program coordinator with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, says there are a few things parents need to keep in mind on the Fourth of July. “You want to make sure that kids are not the ones who are actually handling the fireworks. Adults should be the ones who are using them. Kids should stand back.”
Each year nationwide, 200,000 injuries are caused by fireworks. “They are very popular with kids but unfortunately they are very dangerous,” said Kreuscher.
Sparklers are a big attraction for kids, but what many parents may not realize is sparklers actually heat up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. That can cause a third degree burn. Instead of letting children play with sparklers, consider glow sticks as a good alternative. It’s also important to make sure you have a backup plan to prevent accidents. “Make sure you have a bucket of water, a hose connected, and a fire extinguisher handy just in case something does go wrong,” said Kreuscher.
Make sure fireworks are used outside, away from buildings, and never relight a dud. “The safest thing is to go and watch a public display,” said Kreuscher.
Wherever you go, make sure children are supervised during the show so the night doesn’t end with a serious injury.
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