6 Tips For A Safe Fourth Of July
Keep Your Distance From Sparklers
While sparklers are often given to children, the tip of a lit sparkler can burn up to 2,000°F and can cause third degree burns.
In fact, the NFPA reports that sparklers account for more than one-quarter of emergency room fireworks-related visits.
If children are playing with sparklers, ensure they are supervised by a responsible adult at all times, and keep them outside and away from their face, clothing, and hair. They may seem relatively harmless, but nearly half of fireworks injuries to children under age 5 are related to sparklers, according to the CPSC.
Stick To Legal Fireworks
If you plan to buy fireworks, only purchase legal ones with instructions for proper use. Legal fireworks have a label with the manufacturer’s name and directions, whereas illegal ones are unlabeled.
Illegal fireworks usually go by the names M-80, M100, blockbuster, or quarter pounder.
Don’t hold fireworks in your hand while lighting, and don’t carry fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off. Even adults should wear safety glasses/goggles when lighting fireworks.
Even if fireworks are legal to purchase and use in your community, they’re not safe around children.
Talk To Your Children About Safety
Children should be taught proper safety while being around fireworks to avoid injury. Take some time to discuss this with your children to help prevent serious injuries from occurring.
Go Watch Professional Firework Displays
Rather than setting off your own fireworks, try taking kids to view professional shows.
They are much more elaborate and safe. Many can be viewed from parks, stadiums, from your own window, or even televised.
If Injury Occurs Seek Help Immediately
If you set off fireworks and a bystander sustains a fireworks-related injury, don’t hesitate to seek medical treatment.
While some burns may not appear to be serious, they may cause permanent scarring and functional impairment.
Be mindful of first aid for burn-related injuries, which includes the following steps:
- Move away from the source of the burn and stop the burning process.
- Run cool (but not cold) water to the area.
- Seek medical attention.
Try An Alternative
If you’re ready to skip fireworks altogether, consider replacing them with the following:
- glow sticks
- glow-in-the-dark toys, bubbles, balls, and flying copters
- colored flashlights
- watching a laser show
- lighting a campfire
- cracking open a piñata