Nichole Hannahs

Safety on the 4th of July

by Nichole Hannahs on July 4, 2013 at 5:21 am

Over the next few days people across the nation will celebrate freedom with fireworks.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission approximately 8,700 firework-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms in 2012. Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, reported that children younger than 15 accounted for four out of ten firework related injuries.

Children’s Hospital has these reminders for parents.

*Sparklers can reach temperatures of 1800 degrees and can easily ignite clothing. Sparklers are the leading cause of firework injury.

*Firework related injuries often happen when an adult is present. Supervision alone isn’t enough to prevent injuries.

*And 1 in 4 firework related injuries to children occurs to bystanders. Children can often be injured by others who are using fireworks.