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4 out of 10 fireworks injuries affect children

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As people across the nation celebrate Independence Day this week it is important to keep children safe around fireworks, even sparkers.

According to Nationwide Children's Hospital, children younger than 15 account for 4 out of 10 firework related injuries.

Officials with the hospital suggest tips including these below:

  • Even though some parents consider sparklers to be "safe fireworks," they can reach temperatures of 1800 degrees and easily ignite clothing. Sparklers are a leading cause of firework-related injury.
  • Firework-related injuries often happen when a parent or an adult is present. Supervision alone is not enough to prevent serious injuries.
  • 1 in 4 firework-related injuries to children occurs to bystanders. Even if you do not allow your children to touch fireworks, they can still be seriously injured if they are around others who are using fireworks.

You can get more safety tips from Nationwide Children's Hospital HERE: