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Valley Health System
223 N. Van Dien Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-447-8000
 
Valley Reminds Families to Leave Fireworks to the Pros

RIDGEWOOD, NJ – June 27 – As families are preparing to celebrate Independence Day this July 4th, The Valley Hospital reminds the public that, in addition to being illegal, there are serious risks associated with the use of consumer fireworks. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 200 people on average go to the emergency room daily with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.

"Fireworks can cause severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime," said Peter Lee, M.D., Director, Pediatric Emergency Room. "The fact is, there is no such thing as "safe" fireworks." The majority of the injuries involve the hands, fingers, eyes, head and ears. Even fireworks mistakenly thought to be safe, like sparklers, can reach temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit with the potential to burn users and bystanders.

New Jersey is one of only seven states with a complete ban on consumer fireworks. Such bans have been linked to significantly lower rates of fireworks-related injuries and fires. The American tradition of fireworks on the Fourth of July is a joyful one, but one best left to professionals. Even public fireworks displays should be viewed at a safe distance.

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