Families should leave fireworks to the pros

July 4th is a great holiday for outdoor family fun, but fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime. Fireworks that are often thought to be safe, such as sparklers, can reach temperatures above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, and can burn users and bystanders. In thisAAP Voices blog, emergency room physician Gary A. Smith, MD, DrPH, FAAP, explains why there is no safe way to use backyard fireworks. The AAP offers more summer safety tips on fireworks and other summer hazards, including the best ways to repel bugs and minimize injury risks on bicycles and at playgrounds. Watch this Fireworks Safety Video