Fireworks are often used in celebration of special events and holidays. We know fireworks are fun and little ones look adorable holding those sparklers. Unfortunately, fireworks can lead to accidents for children, including devastating burns and other injuries that lead to many families seeking emergent care on the holiday. This Fourth of July, take a little extra precaution to have a safe and happy event.
1. Leave fireworks to the pros. We know little ones (or kids at any age) may get ideas about putting on their own fireworks show. But the best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
2. Find a substitute for sparklers. Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. Instead, encourage your young ones to use glow sticks. They can be just as fun, and they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.
3. Take necessary precautions. If you do decide to light fireworks yourself, be extra careful. Purchase fireworks from a credible source. Make sure you’re not wearing loose clothing when handling matches or fireworks. Never use fireworks indoors! Use them outside, point them away from homes and people, and steer clear of brush, leaves, dry grass and flammable substances.
4. Keep your distance. Make sure everyone is positioned far back from where fireworks are being lit. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate. Instead, have a bucket of water nearby to make sure it’s out and never try to relight a firework.
5. Be prepared and have a plan. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and make sure you know how to operate it. When you’re finished with the fireworks, douse the remains with a bucket of water before disposing of them to avoid a trash fire.