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SOURCE Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
CINCINNATI, July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime. Fireworks that are often thought to be safe, such as sparklers, can reach temperatures above 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, and can burn users and bystanders.
In 2012, an estimated 8,700 people were treated in U.S. emergency departments for fireworks injuries. In 2012, 60% of all fireworks injuries occurred during the 30 days surrounding July 4, fireworks sent about 5,200 injured people to emergency rooms. Children under the age of 15 accounted for 29 percent of the injuries.
"During the summer, fireworks become a fascination for kids of all ages. But some don't realize how dangerous fireworks can be," says Wendy Pomerantz, MD, emergency medicine physician and one of the leading coordinators for the Comprehensive Children's Injury Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
"The best way to prevent injuries from fireworks is to only attend outdoor displays that are put on by qualified experts."
Dr. Pomerantz, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission give the following tips on fireworks safety.
The AAP recommends prohibiting public sale of all fireworks, including those by mail or Internet.
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