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Shriners Children’s Ohio reminds families to be safe during Fourth of July holiday weekend

Shriners Children’s Ohio reminds families to be safe during Fourth of July holiday weekend

As one of the pioneering and world-leading pediatric healthcare systems for burn care in the nation, Shriners Children’s Ohio is reminding families to stay safe this Fourth of July holiday weekend. Fireworks, BBQ’s and campfires are a traditional part of patriotic celebrations, yet every year, people take needless risks when they celebrate.

“All fireworks, even hand-held sparklers, are dangerous,” said Shriners Children’s Ohio Chief of Staff Petra Warner, M.D., FACS. “Campfires are also popular this time of year, so it’s a good rule of thumb to practice the ‘Circle of Safety’ and keep kids at least 4 feet away from fires at all times.”

More than 3,000 children under the age of 15 are sent to the emergency room each year in the United States because of fireworks, the majority of which occur on or around the Fourth of July holiday. Children younger than 15 account for one out of every four firework-related injuries. Sparklers burn at around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns and melt glass. Third-degree burns can cause blindness and permanent scarring, and the most frequent firework-related burn injuries are to hands, the head/neck area and eyes.

Preventing burn injuries in children is an important Shriners Hospitals for Children initiative. Here’s what parents can do protect children from firework-related burn injuries this year.

Fourth of July safety tips 

  • Lead fun and safe activities with children as a safe alternative to fireworks.
  • Teach the Circle of Safety - stay at least four feet away from fire pits.
  • Keep children away from BBQ’s and any gasoline or fire accelerants nearby.
  • Never allow children to light or play with fireworks.
  • Adult supervision of a designated firework area is key; do not let children near or around fireworks.
  • Never let children handle sparklers – use glow sticks instead.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that are not functional.
  • Adults should dispose of all fireworks in a bucket of water.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and/or a hose nearby in case of a fire.
  • Educate your children about the dangers of fireworks.
  • Keep flammable liquids (gasoline) away from designated firework areas.
  • Never wear loose clothing while lighting fireworks.

Remember, children are always at risk around residential fireworks, even if they are not the ones handling them. The best way to protect children is to not use fireworks at home. Public firework shows operated and produced by trained professionals are safest.

Parents should immediately seek medical attention if a child is injured by fireworks. Call 911 or immediately go to the emergency room. Shriners Children’s Ohio offers world-renowned burn care to all children, regardless of a family’s ability to pay or insurance status. Our wraparound, comprehensive care is focused on meeting the physical, functional, cosmetic and social needs of our patients and their families.