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.”