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Celebrating a Safe 4th of July

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: If you're celebrating the 4th of July with a bang, remember that fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime.
Air Date: June 18, 2014
Duration: 10 Minutes
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: David Hill, MD
david hill 2013Dr. David Hill is Vice President of Cape Fear Pediatrics in Wilmington, NC, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UNC Medical School. He serves on the executive committees of the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics Council On Communications and the Media. In addition to writing a monthly column for Wilmington Parent Magazine, Dr. Hill writes and records for multiple websites including as,, and He has three children, ages six, nine, and 11.
Celebrating a Safe 4th of July
If you're planning to celebrate the 4th of July with a "bang" this year, you need to keep a few things in mind.

Fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime. Even fireworks that are often thought to be safe, such as sparklers, can reach temperatures above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and can burn users and bystanders.

Families should attend community fireworks displays run by professionals, rather than using fireworks at home.

The AAP recommends prohibiting the public sale of all fireworks, including those by mail or the Internet.

In this segment, Dr. David Hill shares advice on fireworks safety so that you and your family can enjoy the 4th of July with only good memories.


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