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Child Firework Safety

child firework safety Child firework safety tips for parents and children

Many parents have fond childhood memories of firecrackers, sparklers and main street fireworks displays commemorating holidays like Independence Day or New Year’s Eve.

Passing such traditions down to the next generation can be both fun and educational as children learn the historical significance of the holiday.

While fun, fireworks can also be extremely dangerous.

If children (or adults) are going to participate in the festivities, special attention must be paid to firework safety rules to ensure an entertaining celebration does not turn into a tragedy.

Practice these firework safety rules at home

  • Never use fireworks in areas where local laws prohibit them.
  • Store unused fireworks in a cool, dry place away from lighting area.
  • Keep a first aid safety kit nearby.
  • Always keep a bucket of water and/or water hose nearby in case of emergency. Soak used and “dud” fireworks in water.
  • Only use items as intended; do not attempt to modify items in any way. Do not attempt to make or use homemade fireworks.
  • Young children should never be allowed to handle burning fireworks, including sparklers. Older children should only be allowed to use fireworks under adult supervision.
  • Use good judgment – spectators should maintain a safe distance from the person lighting the fireworks. Individuals igniting fireworks should wear safety glasses. Light fireworks on a safe surface, away from houses and any flammable materials. Do not hold lit fireworks in one’s hand or hold any part of one’s body directly over a firework while lighting.

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