Even Sparklers are Dangerous

For many of us, the colorful glow of fireworks is a Fourth of July tradition. A surgeon at University Medical Center is offering tips on fireworks safety as we go into the 4th of July week soon. Dr. Jeffrey Coughenour says more than one-third of firework-related injuries affected children and teens age 19 and younger.

Even fireworks that many people consider safe can carry significant risk of injury. Coughenour said sparklers are some of the most dangerous fireworks for kids. Burning at temperatures around 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, sparklers can cause severe burns. The CPSC reports sparklers caused 17 percent of firework injuries in 2011.