Jul 2, 2013 Post By: Children's Health

10 Tips for a Safe Independence Day

Summertime is in full swing, and families everywhere are swimming, boating and planning July 4th celebrations. Brush up on these helpful safety tips to ensure your family’s holiday doesn't include a trip to the Emergency Department.

10 Tips for Fireworks Safety

There’s nothing like the “oohs” and “ahs” that beautiful fireworks prompt from children on the 4th of July. Just be sure that everyone in your household knows the rules of fireworks safety to avoid hearing any “ouches” and “owies”...or worse. If you do plan to buy your own fireworks, follow these tips and stay safe: 

Leave Fireworks to the pros

If you plan to buy your own fireworks, follow these tips and stay safe:

  1. Buy only legal fireworks from reliable sellers. Legal fireworks will have a safety label. Always read the label and follow the instructions carefully.
  2. Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
  3. Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers. Avoid bottle rockets, because their flight paths are unpredictable and the launchers often explode.
  4. Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
  5. Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
  6. Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  7. Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then putting them in a trash can.
  8. Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun, but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.
  9. Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
  10. If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.

Fireworks Safety Sheet

Fireworks Safety from Children's Medical CenterDownload our 10 fireworks safety tips, and share them with friends and family.






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