Shriners Children’s Ohio reminds families to stay safe this Fourth of July weekend

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Shriners Children’s Ohio is reminding families to stay safe this Fourth of July holiday weekend with numerous outdoor activities taking place including fireworks, barbecues and campfires, a media release said Friday.

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“All fireworks, even hand-held sparklers are dangerous,” said Doctor Petra Warner, Chief of Staff at Shriners Children’s Ohio. “Campfires are also popular this time of year so it’s a good rule of thumb to practice the, ‘Circle of Safety,’ and keep kids at least four feet away from fires are all times.”

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said more than 11,5000 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries last year with the majority of those injuries taking place around the Fourth of July Holiday, Shriners said. Children ages 15 and younger accounted for 30% of all injuries.

Sparklers burn at around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to cause third-degree burns and melt glass, third-degree burns can cause blindness and permanent scarring, the release said. The most frequent firework-related burn injuries are to hands, the head/neck area and eyes.

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Shriners offered these tips during the Fourth of July weekend:

  • Lead fun and safe activities with children as a safe alternative to fireworks

  • Teach the Circle of Safety - stay at least four feet away from fire pits.

  • Keep children away from grills and any gasoline or fire accelerants nearby.

  • Never allow children to light or play with fireworks.

  • Adult supervision of a designated firework area is key; do not let children near or around fireworks.

  • Never let children handle sparklers – use glow sticks instead.

  • Never try to relight fireworks that are not functional.

  • Adults should dispose of all fireworks in a bucket of water.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher and/or a hose nearby in case of a fire.

  • Educate your children about the dangers of fireworks.

  • Keep flammable liquids (gasoline) away from designated firework area.

  • Never wear loose clothing while lighting fireworks.

Parents are reminded to seek medical attention if a child is injured by fireworks, call 911 or go immediately to the emergency room, Shriners said.