Fireworks are one of my favorite parts about Independence Day. The place we visit for celebrations does a great local fireworks show and we get a front row seat. This is my favorite way to watch a fireworks show because I’m always so nervous about keeping my kiddos safe around any other type of fireworks. We do typically buy our package of fireworks and sparklers and pop its from the grocery store, but I have recently read some alarming numbers concerning injuries around fireworks, especially for young children.
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As I said, I’ve done a bit of research about keeping kiddos safe around the 4th of July.
Sparklers can reach temperatures of 2000 F! That’s hot enough to cause a 3rd degree burn in a second. Sparklers have also been blamed for catching clothes on fire, emitting sparks in eyes, and the list goes on. I LOVE sparklers, and so do the kids, but it is best to practice SAFETY FIRST when using them. Every website I visited recommended that no children under 5 be allowed to play with a sparkler, too many are tempted to grab the light, and that’s where the injury numbers come from.
Make sure you talk to your children about fire safety. Point out that fireworks can only be used with an adult. Make sure that after you purchase the fireworks they are placed in a metal box with a lock so the kids can’t get into them, and so they won’t ignite. You wouldn’t believe some of the horror stories I read about storing fireworks in the garage and someone didn’t realize they were there, and the garage blew up, or the house caught fire, and on and on.
The best way to have fun around fireworks…BE SAFE!
What are some of your favorite places to watch fireworks? What’s the best fireworks show you’ve seen?