Learn why your family may want to avoid setting off consumer fireworks this summer.

If you think consumer fireworks are safe, think again. This summer, consider celebrating with family, food and public fireworks displays instead. The last thing you want to do at the end of a lovely family gathering is rush your child to the Emergency Room with severe injuries or burns. Check out fireworks safety tips and think about these five surprising fireworks facts when you’re planning your outdoors celebration.

  1. Many fireworks are illegal. Illegal fireworks can be particularly dangerous. To avoid serious consequences, take time to find out what's safe to buy and use in Texas.
     
  2. Fireworks start fires. Fireworks aren’t just entertaining. They’re highly flammable and frequently start structure fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 15,500 fireworks-related fires were reported in 2010.
     
  3. Even novelty fireworks hurt kids. The risk of being injured by fireworks is highest for ages 10-14. According to the NFPA, 43% of fireworks-related ER visits in 2010 were from the types of novelty fireworks many people consider to be safe, including fountains and sparklers.
     
  4. Fireworks cause burns. Even legal consumer fireworks can cause serious burns. In fact, the NFPA reports that 83% of emergency room visits due to fireworks injuries were actually from fireworks that consumers are allowed to use. Just because it’s legal to buy a firework doesn’t mean it’s safe or that kids should be permitted to use them.
     
  5. Sparklers are dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees. That’s hot enough to melt some metals. Picture what temperatures that hot could do to a child’s skin.

Instead of using consumer fireworks this year, why not head over to the Family 4th Fireworks Show in North Richland Hills! Parking is free but this popular event fills up quickly, so we recommend that you get there early.

North Hills Hospital is here to assist you with medical emergency prevention and treatment. If you do experience an emergency, our hospital staff or the staff at ER at Alliance are ready to care for you and your family anytime, day or night. For a physician referral, please call 1-855-5NHILLS.

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