Summer is finally heating up and Fourth of July is just around the corner. You know what that means, right? Fireworks will be heard and seen from miles away pretty much everywhere. Although stunning to look at, the harsh reality is that fireworks can be dangerous, deadly even. In fact, fireworks are the cause of 240 emergency room visits every year around the month of July, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. Furthermore, the hands and fingers are the most injured body part when it comes to fireworks-related injuries.
“Consumer fireworks are simply too dangerous for personal use and we do not recommend that they be used. In one of the studies that we’ve done, it had a 3-year-old pediatric focus, and it showed that more than half of the time there was an adult standing right there supervising at the moment of injury, so our conclusion was that supervision is not enough,” says Dr. Gary Smith, president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance and professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at Ohio State University.
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