4th of July is a fantastic time to see displays of fireworks, as well as participate using your own store bought fireworks. We say “store bought” because you should never make your own fireworks. Unfortunately, fireworks can be very dangerous when not properly handled. The last thing you want on 4th of July is a trip to the doctor/emergency room.
Fireworks Safety Tips and Facts to Keep in Mind this 4th of July
- According to the fireworks information center, 36% of firework accidents occur in the hands and fingers, most likely caused by improper handling or defective fireworks.
- Don’t be fooled by sparklers – they actually burn up to a temperature of 2,000 degrees. There’s a reason 31% of fireworks injuries comes from sparklers.
- Always supervise children who wish to participate – fountains are more for adult usage, but safer fireworks for kids include black snakes, poppers/cracker snaps, whistlers, and champagne party poppers.
- You should always light your fireworks for your kids, while having them watch. Kids and fire generally do not mix.
- No matter where you buy fireworks from, there is always a chance of malfunction or equipment failure, posing a serious threat to your health.
- If a firework does not set off, then never try to-relight it or pick it up – it could explode.
- Always keep water handy or nearby in case of an accident.
- If you have pets, keep them inside – they may be very sensitive of fireworks explosions.
We hope you keep these fireworks safety tips in mind so that you can safely enjoy your 4th of July with your children. Our best advice we can offer is to travel to a spot where fireworks can be viewed or attend a fireworks display. Not only do they use the best fireworks possible, it is a much safer choice keeping you and your children out of danger.
In case an accident occurs, make sure you know where your nearest pediatrics doctor is located. A famous phrase to live by is “it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
Kids love to engage in physical activity, whether it be indoors roughhousing or outdoors playing with friends, it’s always important to consider how your kid is playing. Sports – whether it be tee ball, baseball, soccer, football, etc. – are a great way for kids to channel their young energy, but kids sports injuries may take place unexpectedly.
How to Prevent Kids Sports Injuries
- Exercise – with the increasing cases of overweight children, it’s important to make sure your kid is in great shape. Not only is it beneficial for their health, but it will dramatically decrease the chances of an injury to your child.
- Staying Hydrated – as we’re all familiar with, summer time can bring out some of the hottest temperatures. Combine the heat with heavy physical exertion while playing sports and you have a recipe for dehydration. Whether it’s sports drinks or water, replenishing your child’s fluids will keep them from unnecessary kids sports injuries.
- Proper Gear – every sport will have appropriate gear that kids should be wearing if they are playing. Find out what gear the sport offers – helmets, shin guards, eye protection, mouth guards, sunscreen, etc. Don’t be concerned about how “weird” your child looks either, safety is always the most important.
- Pick a Good Program – when we say “good” program, we mean choose an organized sports program or (summer camp program) with employees/coaches who are committed to your child’s safety. Make sure someone in the program is knowledgeable when it comes to handling an emergency situation (i.e. CPR and first aid training).
Accidents may happen, but the best thing you can do is be proactive about it. Following our kids sports injury prevention tips are a great starting point! In case an emergency does arise, we have same day pediatric care facilities in 7 different locations as well as pediatric urgent care with doctors on call.