The Nation’s Independence Day is a time honored tradition celebrated by magnificent displays of fireworks throughout the United States. Increased access to fireworks around the fourth of July holiday season makes it easier for children and teens to get their hands on tempting, but potentially dangerous explosives. In 2010, KidsHealth.org found that children and teens under the age of 15 accounted for 40 percent of the total estimated reported injuries due to fireworks.
We want to remind all parents and caregivers to provide strict, direct supervision to children and teens when in the presence of fireworks, encouraging families to enjoy such sky shows by the professionals who know best.
Remember, if your child is injured by fireworks, seek medical treatment immediately. Here are a few precautionary measures to take when around fireworks this holiday season.
- Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers can also be dangerous when not properly supervised. Keep these devices outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach temperatures hot enough to melt gold.
- Steer clear of others — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest.
- Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting. Wear some sort of eye protection, and avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off.
- Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
- Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured.
We wish all a happy 4th of July! May everyone enjoy a safe and fun holiday!