Fireworks

Julie Weber Is This A Poison

Toxicity:  Varies based on the type and ingredients. 

Expected symptoms:  If a child swallows the powder in the firework, there is the potential for stomach upset, nausea, and vomiting.

What to do:  Wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth.  Give the child some water to drink to wash any residue into the stomach and wash their hands with soap and water.

Quick Facts about fireworks:

Fireworks are available in many different forms, and are used to entertain crowds with their noise, smoke, colors, and light.  Fireworks typically come in a thick paper or cardboard tube, with the flammable powder inside the tubes.  Most fireworks sold to the general public are smaller versions of those seen at professional displays and contain limited amounts of explosive material to reduce potential danger to people and animals.

Children typically bite into a firework getting only a taste amount of the contents into the mouth.  Most often, very little of the firework is actually ingested due to the unpleasant taste. A common call to the poison center involves children eating “snake fireworks”, both from the package or the ashes left after it is used.  Most of these ingestions do not cause any harm beyond minor stomach upset.  Calls about the many other types of fireworks involve children biting through the paper tube, causing the powder inside to get inside their mouth.  In most cases there is only a small amount ingested, so no serious symptoms are expected.  A bite into the popular sparkler usually doesn’t cause symptoms other than possible slight oral irritation. In fact, the main concern with fireworks is the heat created and risk for a burn or injury to the skin or eyes. Sometimes the mouth can be burned if the hot, metal stick is accidentally tasted after use (most often with a sparkler).

If you find your child chewing on a firework, do not panic.  Take it away from them, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink.  If problems start or you have questions, call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions

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