Find out what you need to know before you consider setting off consumer fireworks.

Fireworks are an iconic part of summertime celebrations, but they’re also a major cause of injuries and visits to the emergency room. This year, before you set off fireworks at home with your family, take into consideration these surprising facts about consumer fireworks. You may discover that your best and safest option is to watch a professional display from a safe distance.

Sparklers aren’t safe for kids. Did you know that sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Farenheit? That’s as hot as a blowtorch. Don’t assume that sparklers are safe for kids. If you must use sparklers or any fireworks, keep water nearby.

Fireworks pose a fire risk. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks caused fires that amounted to $36 million in direct property damage in 2010. These fires also caused dozens of injuries and eight deaths. Consider the risk to your property and your family before you set off fireworks at home.

Fireworks aren’t always legal. Consumer fireworks are illegal in some states, such as Delaware and New York. In other states, certain types of fireworks are illegal. Make sure you research your local laws before purchasing and setting off fireworks.

Fireworks can cause severe injuries. The Cosumer Product Safety Commission recommends avoiding buying fireworks packaged in brown paper. This is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays, not consumers. Keep in mind that even legal fireworks can cause serious injuries, including burns and eye damage.

Accidents happen, especially during the busy summer months. Visit kid-friendly ER at Alliance if anyone in your family needs urgent care. If you would like help finding a doctor, give our physician referral line a call at 1-855-5NHILLS.

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