When our son, Matthew, was young, the sights and sounds of the 4th of July could send him into a complete tailspin. He’d cover his ears and bury his face in my lap, crying uncontrollably. Although fireworks were lots of fun for us, they were way too much stimulation for him.
What can be overwhelming for children like Matthew can be a call to action for many others who are energized by the sights and sounds of the holiday. Eager to experience pyrotechnics first hand, they beg, promise, and cajole: “Please, please, let me light the match, dad?” “I promise I won’t point the sparkler at anyone!” “I HAVE to get my own rockets!”
Before you hand your children sparklers this year or invite them to join you in creating fireworks displays at home, consider these sobering facts.
- Each year, fireworks result in devastating burns, eye and other injuries, fires and even death – nearly half affecting teens and children under 10.
- Firecrackers are responsible for the greatest number of child-related fireworks injuries, followed by sparklers and rockets.
- Sparklers burn at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns.
July 4th celebrations are a time for fun – and also a time for safety.
So, as you look forward to making plans with your family and friends this Independence Day, we at Weiss Pediatric Care join the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in encouraging you to avoid using consumer fireworks at home, and enjoy public displays handled by the experts.
Have a safe and fun-filled 4th!
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