As the summer heats up, pop-up shops begin to sell a wide variety of fireworks as enticing entertainment options for post-Independence Day festivities.
But firecrackers and rockets can pose serious safety hazards and cause permanent damage to the eyes. Even sparklers, which are often perceived to be kid-friendly, are very dangerous due to their extreme temperatures. These flammable materials are difficult to control and often endanger bystanders, particularly children and teenagers.
June is Firework Safety Awareness Month because of the high number of emergency room visits due to firework-related injuries during this season.
Remember that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is by viewing a public firework show. Protect your loved ones this summer by being cautious with these explosives!
This post was written in part by Janice Maliakkal, a 4th year medical student at Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso, Texas.