Fireworks are definitely on the list of most fun things to do for any kid, but they’re not the safest activity for your child. With the 4th of July just around the corner, you may have requests for sparklers and bottle rockets. Here are a few tips to have a fun and safe Independence Day!
Number one rule-- the safest fireworks show is the one hosted by a professional. If at all possible, go to a public fireworks display, but if you choose to host your own, keep the following in mind.
- Are fireworks legal in my area? Laws vary state by state.
- Sparklers are all kids’ favorite, but maybe you should buy glow sticks instead? Sparklers reach temperatures of 1200 degrees, and little arms can easily get burned in seconds.
- Supervise fireworks at all times. Leaving fireworks in a hot place leading up to the 4th, or leaving them out while gathering the crowd, are not advised. Keep fireworks away from children.
- Don’t forget to put pets inside before the fireworks display. A curious cat or dog might become too interested in a lit firework and end up hurt.
- Anyone who is going to come in contact with fireworks should not wear loose clothing. The adult who is managing the fireworks should also stay outdoors and away from grass, brush, leaves or flammable items.
- Be PREPARED and ready for an accident. Have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher near the fireworks area.