Mechanicsburg, Pa. – Fireworks are synonymous with the Fourth of July. However, according to Safe Kids Worldwide, more than 3,000 children under the age of 15 are sent to the emergency department each year in the United States because of fireworks. The American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division (ATSPA) wants to remind individuals to leave the fireworks displays to the professionals.
ATSPA CEO, Krista Brands, stated, “Most parents view sparklers as harmless. However, they can reach a temperature of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and account for one-third of the injuries to children under five. This Fourth of July please consider attending a community event and leaving the fireworks to the professionals.”
ATSPA provides the following tips to ensure children are always safe around fireworks:
Leave fireworks to the professionals. The best way to protect your family is to attend a firework display hosted by professionals. Do not use fireworks at home.Be prepared for mishap or injury. If you choose to use fireworks, be sure to have a bucket of water and hose nearby.Take precautions. Do not drink alcohol while operating fireworks. Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.Dispose fireworks properly. Dispose of fireworks by wetting them down after use and placing in a metal trash can.
For more information and firework safety tips, visit www.atspa.org.
The American Trauma Society, PA Division (ATSPA) is a non-profit trauma prevention education organization dedicated to reducing suffering, disability and death due to trauma. The ATSPA strives to help all Pennsylvanians survive and lead healthier lives through its trauma prevention education programs. For information, call 717-766-1616 and visit www.atspa.org.