May 04, 2016
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Increase in fireworks-related injuries among children spurs review of state laws

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BALTIMORE — Daniel M. Fein, MD, from the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine of Children's Hospital at Montefiore and assistant professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, highlights the disturbing rise in both the number of fireworks-related injuries among children and the severity of those injuries.

“This is an issue that is near and dear to my heart – as an emergency medicine physician, often times people think of us as only treating injuries but, of course, the best injury is the one that never happens,” Fein told Infectious Diseases in Children. “By putting fireworks into the hands of children – or adults who don’t know what they are doing – they are putting themselves, children surrounding them, their families, and, frankly, all the spectators at risk.”