The Risks Posed By Fireworks

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Call me an alarmist but the recent trend to have easy access to fireworks concerns me.

Certainly I am not going to get into the politics of the decision. Clearly the key to preventing firework related injuries is adult supervision and the importance of only allowing people with experience with fireworks to be in charge.

The fact that fireworks are much more plentiful and easier to obtain increases the opportunity for either unsupervised fireworks use or use by those who may not be aware of risks.

Please take time to talk to those you love about the potential risk.

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