Preventing firework injuries

As we celebrate America’s independence this Fourth of July, we remind you to be careful. While fireworks can be a lot of fun, they can also be very dangerous. Every year many children are injured while watching or trying to set off fireworks. We have compiled some fireworks safety facts to help you keep your family safe this weekend.

  • Always closely supervise children around fireworks and keep young children at a distance. Remember that little kids are drawn to the bright lights, bright colors, and sparkling of many fireworks. They may try to grab a firework before it is launched.
  • Fireworks are most likely to injure the hands, fingers, head, face, ears, belly and eyes.
  • Sparklers are very hot–up to 3000 degrees HOT! They can cause serious and painful burns. Use glow sticks instead!
  • Do not wear loose clothing when lighting fireworks.
  • Do not light fireworks indoors, near dry grass, or towards your roof. They can be a fire hazard.
  • Always point fireworks away from people.
  • Have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby when lighting fireworks.
  • Remember, the best way to keep your family safe with fireworks is not to use any fireworks at home.

The Radiology Department at Cincinnati Children’s wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Fourth of July!

Catherine Leopard

About the Author: Catherine Leopard

Catherine is a Child Life Specialist who works in Cincinnati Children’s Department of Radiology. She has always been drawn to helping children overcome their fears. As a young child, Catherine remembers sitting in her pediatrician’s office feeling sad as she listened to young babies crying in exam rooms. In response, she began singing lullabies through the walls to sooth and comfort those children in distress. As an adult, she first experienced the support of Child Life when her infant daughter was hospitalized. After that positive experience, Catherine completed her Child Life internship at Cincinnati Children’s and has worked here ever since. Her daughter is now a teenager and her son is an active 3rd grader.

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