Fireworks: Tips for Safe Celebrations

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: The AAP recommends prohibiting public sale of all fireworks, including those by mail or the Internet.
Air Date: 6/24/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Deborah Mulligan, MD
deborah MulliganDr. Deborah Mulligan received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Francisco, Medical Doctorate from the University of California Los Angeles and completed pediatric emergency medicine training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

As Director of the Institute for Child Health Policy and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Nova Southeastern University, she reports directly to the Chancellor. The Institute is a resource for communities, policy makers, public and private agencies, professional organizations, foundations, and academic institutions.

To be an optimal reserve, the ICHP at NSU conducts professional training and education, demonstration projects, engages in translational community-based participatory quantitative and qualitative research, developing evidence-based public policy, participating in and serving as a venue to nurture community-based advocacy and research. The work emanating from ICHP has been recognized through coveted federal agency awards such as the SAMHSA Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Gold award.

Board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, past experience as physician executive includes role of Pediatric Services Medical Director for nation's fourth largest safety net hospital system serving a county of 1.6 million residents
Fireworks: Tips for Safe Celebrations
Fireworks are a way to celebrate the arrival of summer nights, the USA's national holiday, the fourth of July.

However, even though the use of fireworks is illegal in some states, that still doesn't stop people from purchasing them. This can lead to an increased risk of a serious injury to you and your family.

What are some fireworks safety tips?

First, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to urge families NOT to buy fireworks for their own use. Avoid using fireworks at your home and instead attend a community display of fireworks that are showcased by professionals.

Dr. Deborah Mulligan shares some fireworks precautions to follow this summer in order to keep you and your family members safe.
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