It’s Fourth of July week, which means cook outs, parades, family time and of course, fireworks. There will be grand fireworks displays and the fireworks that people will buy themselves and their children.
On the street that I live on, we have several neighbors that spend hundreds of dollars on all types of fireworks and sparklers for the younger children.
While sparklers can be pretty, they also burn at a temperature of about 1,200 to 1,500 degrees F. That is hotter than any oven that we latch with protective latches.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that 45 percent of all fireworks injuries are caused by sparklers. Injuries to hands and eyes top the list of firework injuries.
If you are going to buy fireworks, keep these safety tips from Safe Kids
- Make sure they are legal in your area.
- Be extra careful with sparklers
- Let your young children use glow sticks instead of sparklers. They can be just as fun but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.
- Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.
Take necessary precautions with fireworks.
- Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
- Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
- Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances
- Be prepared for an accident or injury
- Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
- Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
- If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.
I typically take my little man to watch fireworks not far from the house. We bake brownies and pack a few other treats, so that when it gets dark we are ready to go. A few times we have taken his dog with us. Strangely enough, he hasn’t been freaked out by all the noise.
We are ready to see the sky light up on Saturday night. The way that fireworks displays are choreographed can be pretty amazing.
How will you celebrate Fourth of July? Where’s your favorite place to see fireworks?