Keeping your family safe on the fourth

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– In a video simulating of the devastation fireworks can cause, a dummy get’s its hand blown off and a watermelon is blown to bits.  Sometimes, people forget just how dangerous the fun and entertaining Fourth of July holiday can be.

Thursday at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC), a panel of healthcare professionals and legislators hope to drive the message home, child safety is important!

But it is especially important on the Fourth of July. Experts say each year about 3,000 children under the age of 15 end up in emergency rooms because fireworks.

Although experts say in the state of Connecticut, most fireworks are illegal except for sparklers and fountains, and off limits to anyone under the age of 16, people will still use and some will abuse them.

Doctors at CCMC say being responsible will help keep you safe

“I think all injuries are preventable, so that is what we strive for providing children with the right equipment, with the right environment and the right supervision should almost eliminate injuries,” said Dr. Steven Rogers.

Senator Richard Blumenthal also weighed in adding, “They will hurt people because they will be used carelessly when combined with alcohol and kids will be victims.

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