Keep your child safe on Independence Day

A child's eyes light up with the sight of fireworks on the Fourth of July. If you expect to put a sparkler{}into{}the hands of a young child, please understand the danger. Sparklers can reach temperatures of 1800 degrees and can easily ignite clothing. Sparklers are a leading cause of firework-related injury.

Experts at Nationwide Children's Hospital report children younger than 15 account for four out of ten{}injuries from fireworks on the Independence Day holiday. The injuries often occur{}even when a parent or another adult is present. Supervision alone is not enough to prevent burns or severe eye injuries from a sparkler. One in four firework-related injuries to children occurs not because the child is handling or touching{}fireworks, but because the child{}is around others who are using the fireworks.

In 2012, emergency departments across the{}United States treated 8,700 firework-related injuries.{}