Fireworks Safety Checklist for Kids

Boys at Twilight Holding Sparklers in Front of Flag

Fire up the grill! Bring on the patriotic anthems! Light up the fireworks!

It’s an exciting day in America on July 4th, and rightfully so. However, don’t forget that safety guidelines need to be followed to ensure a fun time for everyone—kids included.

Fireworks safety is definitely something you should sit down and teach your kids—before the holiday festivities begin. Don’t think fireworks can cause harm? Check out these facts!

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 5,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms last year between June 22 and July 22. More than half of the injuries occurred throughout the 30 days surrounding July 4th. Many of these reports included injury to the hands, face and head. Even more shocking was that approximately 1,000 of the consumers reported injuries that involved sparklers and bottle rockets.

Sparklers are typically considered safe by parents, and many times children use these with little or no adult supervision. Most parents do not know this important fact—sparklers can reach the excruciatingly hot temperature of 2,000 degrees—hot enough to melt some metals.

You can lower your chances of you or your children being injured by knowing the guidelines for fireworks safety. The majority of injuries due to fireworks are associated with malfunctioning fireworks and mishandling the fireworks.

Before you go out and purchase your fireworks, check which fireworks are legal in your state. Also, check out your city and neighborhood laws concerning shooting fireworks.

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  • Only allow the lighting of fireworks under close, adult supervision.
  • Do not buy fireworks that are packaged in brown paper. Fireworks packaged in this manner are often the fireworks that were made specifically for display.
  • Avoid placing any part of your body over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Light fireworks near a garden hose or have a bucket or bowl full of water to extinguish any small fires.
  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Never throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never point fireworks at another person.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, not simultaneously.
  • Do not place fireworks in your pocket for easy storage.
  • Do not use metal or glass containers to shoot off fireworks.

Enjoy all the festivities this week—but enjoy them safely! Happy Independence Day!

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