Last year, almost 9000 people were treated for injuries due to fireworks. Make sure to keep your family celebrations on the Fourth safe and fun.
The One Rule for Kids and Fireworks? Easy — DON’T LET THEM HANDLE FIREWORKS. The experts at KeepKidsHealthy.com urge “As the 4th of July approaches, remember that there are no safe fireworks and no absolutely safe way for kids and teens to handle fireworks.”
If you have children, you should absolutely celebrate this magical holiday, but do so at an organized event with safety personnel available and professionals in charge of the fireworks display. We have dozens listed in DFW on MomsOutLoud.com/MomsPlan. Not in DFW? Check your city website or local parenting websites for ideas.
If you must set off your own fireworks, here are some important rules to follow:
1) Make sure it’s legal. Most cities won’t let you light fireworks within city limits without a permit.
2) Buy your fireworks from a reputable dealer.
3) Never store fireworks. Only buy enough in a given season to use in that season.
4) Never try to re-light a firework that does not ignite the first time.
5) Only light one firework at a time.
6) Do not light near anything combustible or that could easily ignite (like dry grass).
More safety rules can be found on the National Council on Fireworks Safety’s website: www.fireworkssafety.org. Their Safety Resources page has a 20-question quiz to help make sure you know what you’re doing BEFORE you light that first firework.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
Links for more resources and information:
www.keepkidshealthy.com – Fireworks article: http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/welcome/safety/fireworks_kids.html
www.fireworkssafety.org – Fireworks Safety Resources: http://www.fireworkssafety.org/safety_resources.html