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Fireworks are a fun way to make any celebration a spectacular event. But fireworks are not safe for children and can cause serious harm including devastating burns and other injuries. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend public fireworks displays organized by trained professionals. Here are a few tips to stay safe around fireworks.
The Hard Facts About Fireworks
- More than 3,000 children under the age of 15 are sent to the emergency room each year in the United States because of fireworks.
- Sparklers, which are commonly given to children during holidays and heat up to 1,200 degrees account for one-third of the injuries to children under five.
Top Tips for Fireworks Safety
- If possible, attend public firework displays. Leave lighting fireworks to the professionals.
- Give children glowsticks instead of sparklers. Sparklers can heat up to more than 1,200 degrees and are dangerous for young children.
- Keep fireworks away from children. Make sure children stay are a safe distance away from a lit firework.