Summer is here and with it comes one of the most beloved holidays, the
4th of July. For many of us, celebrating America’s Independence
Day brings fond memories of barbeques, time with family and friends, and
of course, fireworks. While fireworks can provide dazzling displays in
the sky, they are still exceptionally dangerous and we, as well as the
American Academy of Pediatrics, do not recommend buying fireworks for
children or even adults.
A few cities in Orange County allow “state approved fireworks.”
Please don’t be lulled into a false sense of safety by these “legal”
fireworks, however, as they still can cause serious injuries and significant
property damage. From mid-June through mid-July, there is an average of
200 emergency room visits for fireworks related injuries. Nearly half
of the injuries are to hands and fingers. And nearly 20% are injuries
to the eyes, one-third of which lead to permanent blindness.
Fortunately, Orange County has several spectacular fireworks shows that
you and your family can enjoy safely, just to name a few cities: Newport
Beach, Huntington Beach, Aliso Viejo, San Clemente. And of course, once
the sun sets, Disneyland illuminates the sky with their stunning fireworks
show each night. Check your local newspaper for further details about
fireworks shows nearby.
Hoag Medical Group would like to wish you and your family a wonderful
and safe 4th of July.