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Firework Safety Tips


They are loud, beautiful, stunning, amazing, exciting and a summer tradition for many families. Unfortunately, injuries from fireworks are another tradition that often seems to follow when kids are allowed to play with fireworks.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that:

  • there were 7 fireworks-related deaths in 2007
  • about 7,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for injuries associated with fireworks in 2007
  • most injuries from fireworks occur in the few weeks around July 4th
  • almost half of the injuries were to children under age 15
  • firecrackers caused the most injuries, followed by rockets and sparklers
  • burns are the most common injuries from fireworks

Are Sparklers Safe?

Parents who understand that firecrackers, bottle rockets, and roman candles, etc. can cause injuries, often let their younger kids play with sparklers because they think they are safe.

Sparklers, which can reach over 1000°F, cause half of the injuries to children under age five though, and caused 16% percent of all fireworks-related injuries in 2009.

So even sparklers should be avoided.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks this Independence Day is to be an observer of a professionally run show. If your family chooses to purchase your own fireworks, always use caution by following these fireworks safety tips:

  • Always obey laws
  • 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
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