Health Minute: Firework Safety Tips

WESTERN NEW YORK – Setting off fireworks is a blast; but doing it unsafely can spark trouble.

Children are especially vulnerable, according to Children’s National Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr. Sarah Combs.

“We’re going to potentially see very deep burns because they don’t have the quick reflex time that an adult might have to take their hand away,” said Combs.

Experts tell parents to:

– Only use legal fireworks.

– Read and follow all warning labels.

– Never let children play with or ignite fireworks.

Experts also say to make sure other people are out of range, light one at a time and keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in case of fire or malfunction.

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