Staying Safe Around Fireworks
Friday, July 1, 2016
Fireworks can cause serious burn and eye injuries, most of which occur in the weeks surrounding Independence Day. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the risk of fireworks is highest for young people between 5 and 9, followed by kids aged 10-19, so there is an immediate need to protect kids around fireworks. When it comes to fireworks on Independence Day, the safest choice is to leave them to the professionals. But if at-home fireworks are a part of your Independence Day traditions, please read these tips from Safe Kids to ensure that your kids remain safe and injury-free:
- It’s preferred that families do not use fireworks at home, but if you are planning to use them, make sure they’re legal, labeled correctly, and only used outdoors. As always, keep them out of reach of children when not in use. Children should never play with or light fireworks or sparklers.
- Allowing your children to play with or light fireworks can be risky. If you’re uncomfortable, let them play with glow sticks instead. Make sure they are dressed in loose clothing and are away from any dry glass.
- Only buy legal fireworks and store them in a cool, dry place. Legal fireworks should have a label with the manufacturer's name and directions for igniting.
- When lighting a firework, point them away from buildings, brush, leaves, or other flammable substances. Step several feet away from it and do not investigate if it doesn’t go off after a certain amount of time. Simply put it out with water and throw it away.
- Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water, fire extinguisher, and a hose nearby in case of accidents. If necessary, refresh yourself on how to operate the fire extinguisher.
- Be sure to set off fireworks a safe distance away from others and only light one at time.
- Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can, as some fuses may still be ignited. Do not allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks.
Read more on firework safety from SafeKids Worldwide and make sure to have fun safely this Fourth of July holiday!