Fireworks Safety

Its that time of year again when fireworks will light up the night skies as America celebrates its birthday, and a wellness expert at Norton Children’s Hospital is renewing pleas for people to use caution.

There are no “safe” fireworks. Even sparklers can cause serious injuries. Norton Children’s Hospital’s Sharon Rengers says the 11,000 child injuries each Fourth of July typically involve sparklers or jumping jacks. She says to keep in mind sparklers burn at 1800 degrees before handing one to a toddler. Rengers says the worst fireworks injury she has seen involved a three year old who caught her clothing on fire with a sparkler and sustained second and third degree burns over one-third of her body. She says professional shows safer and a better display than backyard fireworks.

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