June 26, 2013
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
The Center of Advocacy and Outreach at Blank Children's Hospital wants parents and caregivers to know safety tips for fireworks before celebrating the Fourth of July holiday.
With the 4th of July just around the corner, it's the perfect time for family barbecues, picnics and a night of fireworks. However, with more than 4,000 children treated in emergency rooms for firework-related injuries every year, it's also a good time to review fireworks safety with your kids. Most injuries involve the hands, fingers, and face. Even something as seemingly benign as a sparkler can be a risk, since sparklers burn at 1800 degrees F, almost hold enough to melt gold.
What can you do?
• Always supervise children using sparklers, snakes, or caps.
• Do NOT let children under age five use sparklers.
• Avoid dressing children in loose or flowing clothes.
• Teach children not to wave sparklers near themselves or other people and not to run with them.
• Dispose of fireworks properly; make sure they are extinguished with water.
For more information about Firework Safety visit blankchildrens.org.