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Fireworks Safety Tips for Kids

little boy wearing an American flag shirt holding a lit sparkler, an adult is lighting it with another sparkler

With celebrations like the Fourth of July quickly approaching, the possibility of being around fireworks is highly likely. For this time of year, knowing which fireworks are safe for children and how they can handle them safely is essential. Here are some tips you should know.

Which Fireworks Are Safe for Use Around Children?

The safest fireworks for children are ground-based or handheld sparklers. Children should never play with fireworks that are meant to be thrown, shot, or placed on the ground. Parents should also never allow a child to light aerial fireworks, as these can be a significant safety hazard.

How Can Children Safely Handle Fireworks?

Before allowing children to handle any fireworks, always read the caution label. Many times, these will have specific instructions on how to handle them safely. Once you've read the label, discuss it with your child so they know what they need to do.

It's also important to make sure that children understand not to put any body parts directly over the top of a lit firework. They should also never try to relight a “dud” firework, as this could cause serious injury. Furthermore, sparklers may seem like harmless fun, but they can actually reach temperatures of over 2,000 degrees. Because of this, it's important that children are supervised at all times when using them.

What Can Families Do to Encourage Safe Fireworks Use?

Families can encourage safe fireworks use by setting a good example. If parents or other adults handle fireworks safely, children are more likely to do the same. It's also imperative to have a designated area for lighting fireworks and that this area is clear of any flammable materials.

Another option would be to attend a professional fireworks show as a family. This way, children can see how fireworks are meant to be handled and used safely. If you choose to use fireworks at home, make sure that an adult is supervising at all times.

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