4th Of July Celebration Dangers

(KTVI)-Families often mark the Fourth of July marks holiday with picnics, BBQs, pools and fireworks. Sadly, it is also a time that can lead to a trip to the emergency room if precautions aren’t taken. Mercy Children's Hospital doctors and nurses want you to play it safe this holiday.

 Fireworks Safety Tips:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
  • Set up safety barriers when setting off fireworks at home; children are curious and may get too close.
  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves and flammable materials.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction.
  • Always wear protective clothing. Many times kids are swimming and stop to do sparklers. This is never a good idea, as swimwear doesn`t provide good coverage.
  • Shoes are a must. Aside from stray sparks that can land on the feet, there are often hot leftover casings that may cause serious burns if stepped on.

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