Sparks, Summit Encourage Fireworks Safety

FORT SMITH, Ark. (July 2, 2013) – Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center encourage your family to stay safe while celebrating our nation’s independence.

While fireworks are legal, they are certainly not safe.  Sparklers, bottle rockets and firecrackers may seem harmless because of their small size, but don’t let them fool you.  Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit – that’s hot enough to cause third-degree burns.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 2,200 emergency room visits were caused by sparklers, bottle rockets and firecrackers in 2011.

If you attend an event where there are fireworks, the health care teams at Sparks and Summit would like to offer the following tips for keeping children safe:

  • Never allow children to handle fireworks, including sparklers.
  • Stay at a distance from anyone setting off fireworks.  Fireworks can backfire or shoot in the wrong direction.
  • Don’t allow children to pick up fireworks after a show.  Some may still be ignited and may explode unexpectedly.
  • Don’t allow running or horseplay around fireworks.
  • Make sure there’s a hose or bucket of water nearby to extinguish an accidental fire.

“It’s important for parents to know that their children are in danger even if they’re watching others set off at-home fireworks,” said Shelly Weilenman, Summit Medical Center’s Administrator and Chief Nursing Executive.  “Bottle rockets are particularly dangerous because their path is unpredictable from the moment they’re ignited.  And, sparklers can catch clothes on fire, which can lead to serious burns.”

The best way to ensure you and your family’s safety is to leave the fireworks to the professionals and attend a public display.  If a firework-related injury should occur during the Fourth of July holiday, you can trust the emergency staffs at Sparks and Summit to provide expert care.

Sparks Health System includes Sparks Regional Medical Center, Sparks Clinic (an employed multi-specialty physician group), Sparks PremierCare physician-hospital organization, Sparks Home Health and the fully hospital-integrated Marvin Altman Fitness Center.  For more information, visit 

Summit Medical Center is a fully accredited, 103-bed acute care hospital.  The medical staff includes numerous specialties such as Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Family and Internal Medicine, Bariatric and General Surgery, Orthopedic and Plastic Surgery, Pediatrics and Wound Care.  For more information about Summit, visit