Fireworks Safety Brought to you by CuddleBugs at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center

Enjoy a safe holiday

One of the highlights of summer family fun is July Fourth: Parades, barbeques, family get-togethers and of course, fireworks. As a parent, you’re most likely looking forward to spending time with your family – but you’re probably also worried about keeping the little ones safe around fireworks.

June is National Fireworks Safety Month, and CuddleBugs at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center would like to share some safety tips for the Fourth of July holiday.

Legal doesn’t mean safe

Just because fireworks are legal doesn’t mean they’re safe. Sparklers, bottle rockets and firecrackers may seem harmless due to their size, but they’re not. Did you know that sparklers burn at approximately 2,000 degrees F? That’s hot enough to cause third-degree burns. In 2011, sparklers caused approximately 1,100 emergency department-treated injuries; an estimated 800 injuries were from firecrackers and 300 were from bottle rockets, according to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Children’s curiosity and excitement around fireworks can put them at greater risk for injury. Additionally, younger children may lack the physical coordination to handle fireworks carefully. The best way to assure children’s safety is to leave the fireworks to the professionals and attend a public display.

Keeping children safe around fireworks

If you attend an event where there are fireworks, the health care team at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center would like to offer the following tips for keeping children safe:

  • Never allow children to handle fireworks, including sparklers.
  • Stay at a distance from anyone setting off fireworks. Fireworks can backfire or shoot in the wrong direction.
  • Don’t allow children to pick up fireworks after a show. Some may still be ignited and may explode unexpectedly.
  • Don’t allow running or horseplay around fireworks.
  • Make sure there’s a hose or bucket of water nearby to extinguish an accidental fire.

It’s important for parents to know that their children may be in danger even if they’re watching others set off fireworks. Bottle rockets are particularly dangerous because their path is unpredictable from the moment they’re ignited. And sparklers can ignite clothing, which can lead to serious burns. The best way to enjoy fireworks with your children is to attend a public display.

The Fourth of July holiday should be about celebrating our nation’s independence and spending time with friends and family. Enjoy fireworks at a public event in your community, rather than putting yourself and your children in danger at an at-home display.

About CuddleBugs

CuddleBugs is a free program designed to provide answers to new and expectant moms from the earliest stages of pregnancy through post-delivery – including guidance for newborn care. For more information about CuddleBugs, visit www.CuddleBugsBaby.com.

About Lake Norman Regional Medical Center

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center offers comprehensive medical care to individuals throughout the greater Lake Norman region. Located just off I-77 at Exit 33, the Mooresville medical campus offers complete specialty services from 24-hour emergency medicine and maternity to oncology and advanced surgical services.

Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help equip patients with information and facilitate conversations with your physician that will benefit your health.

Sources

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

U.S. Fire Administration