Preventing fireworks related injuries

By: Melissa Randall

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)— With the first day of summer comes a reminder of the danger fireworks can present, especially for kids.

Every year in the in the U.S., more than 3,400 children are rushed to hospital emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries. Most of those are to the hands, fingers, face and neck.

Doctor Mark Zonfrillo of Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence says the most common causes for fireworks related injuries are sparkler and things like fire crackers.

“Sparklers can heat up to over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and can cause burns, even though they seem relatively harmless to some,” he explains. “Firecrackers, of course, can explode and cause not only burns but partial amputations of fingers.”

Dr. Zonfrillo suggests instead giving little ones glow sticks, bracelets or other light up toys that they can use to have fun, but in a safe manner.

While some fireworks are legal in Rhode Island, doctors say the best and safest way to enjoy them is by leaving the displays to the experts.

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