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Keep your child safe on Independence Day

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A child's eyes light up with the sight of fireworks on the Fourth of July. If you expect to put a sparkler into the hands of a young child, please understand the danger. Sparklers can reach temperatures of 1800 degrees and can easily ignite clothing. Sparklers are a leading cause of firework-related injury.

Experts at Nationwide Children's Hospital report children younger than 15 account for four out of ten injuries from fireworks on the Independence Day holiday. The injuries often occur even when a parent or another adult is present. Supervision alone is not enough to prevent burns or severe eye injuries from a sparkler. One in four firework-related injuries to children occurs not because the child is handling or touching fireworks, but because the child is around others who are using the fireworks.

In 2012, emergency departments across the United States treated 8,700 firework-related injuries. 

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