Keeping Kids Safe Around Fireworks

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.

Did you know:

Fireworks Safety Chart

 

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?

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About Anne Banks

Hi, I'm Anne! I am an active learner on this crazy road called life. I love learning about anything, but currently spend most of my study time researching parenting tips and improving health. I get excited about crafting, reading, running, baking, and spending time with my three crazy boys (in no particular order, and sometimes at the same time)! I love sharing what helps me get through the day, and I hope my tips help you!

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2 Responses to Keeping Kids Safe Around Fireworks

  1. theaubreyhunt June 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    Safety is SO important! Thanks for sharing these great tips for the Fourth! My favorite fireworks show was when my family stopped in a small town somewhere in the midwest on our way back from driving across the country. Everyone from the town had gathered at the local high school football field to watch the show. It was so perfectly America and one of my favorite memories! (Stopping by from the Freedom Fridays link up.)

    • Anne Banks June 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      Aubrey,

      I love local fireworks shows, they are the best! I lived in a smalltown USA in the Midwest for a couple of years, right on the Mississippi river. They shot the fireworks over the Mississippi River and the reflection was unlike anything I have ever seen!