Many families have their own Independence Day traditions. Safety should be the common thread running through them all.
Think of the Fourth of July, and some of the first images that likely come to mind are of fireworks lighting up the warm night sky with brilliant bursts and flashes of color. Every year, however, too many families spend part of the holiday seeking emergency care for fireworks-related injuries, mainly burns. Most of the injured are children and teenagers, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Use these seven steps to keep your children safe around fireworks:
Safety Beyond the Boom
The Fourth of July is about much more than fireworks, so injury prevention should extend to other favorite holiday activities. Follow these tips to safeguard your children from backyard to the beach:
Children’s health care doesn’t take a holiday. St. Vincent Neighborhood Hospital is always available if your children need swift medical attention, including on the Fourth of July. Visit www.stvincentneighborhoodhospital.org for more information.