Research Medical Center June 19, 2019

In the summer months, HCA Midwest Health experiences nearly a 30 percent increase in burn injuries. The spike is, in large part, due to fireworks and other summer-related activities.

Dr. Hailey suggests leaving the fireworks to the pros, especially since they’re illegal in most suburbs and cities in the KC area. But if you’re going to engage in fireworks activities, a responsible adult must supervise.

Never give fireworks to children — even a sparkler is dangerous — they burn at temperatures ranging from 1,200 - 2,000 degrees — hot enough to melt some metals!

Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby and dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down.

Alcohol and fireworks don't mix.