Firework Safety for Kids

An article from Kids Turn Central has some great ideas on firework safety:

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They are loud, beautiful, stunning, amazing, exciting and so much more! Fireworks are a part of many celebrations every year but it’s important to remember — fireworks should only be handled by professionals. Be sure to know the rules:

Common Sense Fireworks Safety Tips

  •  Always use under adult supervision
  • Read and follow instructions
  • Always keep water and sand nearby
  • NEVER light indoors use only OUTDOORS
  • Never try to make your own fireworks
  • Never relight fireworks that appear to have gone out
  • Only light one at a time
  • Never allow small children to go near fireworks
  • Store in a cool dry place
  • Never lean over top of fireworks to light them
  • Tie hair back, wear safety goggles and no loose fitting clothes
  • Sparklers should be immersed in sand once they appear out – they are still very hot and can burn

Enjoy the show and stay safe around fireworks!

An addition caution to add to this list is protect your children’s eyes and ears.  Fireworks are loud and children’s sensitive ears should be protected from the sound.  Many children are frightened of fireworks, and much of that may be attributed to the loudness.  Also, protect the eyes.  Not many years ago I took my children to a large firework presentation.  We were close enough that the debris was landing on us, and sure enough, my daughter had a piece hit her eye.  Luckily we did not have to make a trip to the eye doctor, but it woke me up to the realization that our eyes should be protected around fireworks as well!

Have a fun, safe and happy July 4th!!

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