Fireworks have become synonymous with celebrating America's freedom and independence, but playing around with them can rob you of yours.
"Every Fourth of July thousands of children and adults are treated in emergency rooms for fireworks injuries, mostly burns to the hands, head and face. Unless you are a pyrotechnic professional, you should not play around with these dangerous devices," warns Rene Hopkins, a nurse educator and Coordinator of Safe Kids Greater Augusta, led by Children's Hospital of Georgia.
Safe Kids and CHOG recommend the following tips to help keep you and your family safe around fireworks:
"Sparklers cause the greatest number of injuries, with children ages 5 to 14 being injured by sparklers more than any other type of fireworks," says Hopkins.
Take Necessary Precautions:
"Fireworks are explosives, not playthings," Hopkins cautions. "They can cause severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime. So, be careful."
Safe Kids Greater Augusta, led by Children's Hospital of Georgia, works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children ages 1 to 14. Safe Kids Greater Augusta is a member of the Safe Kids USA network. To find out more about local Safe Kids programs, classes and events, call 706-721-7606, or visit grhealth.org/safekids.
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