Fireworks injuries are up 25% over the past 15 years. A pediatric ER doc weighs in on safety

Sparklers account for 63% of fireworks injuries among children under age 5, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. (Dreamstime/TNS)

James Reingold doesn’t want to snuff out anyone’s flame, but after too many summers treating emergency department patients at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, he has a special Independence Day message: For the love of whatever you hold dear, don’t give your kids sparklers.