It just wouldn't be the Fourth of July without a big fireworks display. And odds are, your kids are obsessed with the holiday's sparkling, explosive side. But as much fun as fireworks can be, don't forget that they can be extremely dangerous, especially for little ones. We enlisted the help of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to get 11 simple tips that will keep your kids safe this Fourth of July. Read them yourself and to your spouse and kids before you set off that first sparkler to keep your holiday injury-free!
- Don't ever allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees — hot enough to melt some metals.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishaps.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
For the rest of the government-approved fireworks safety tips, read more.
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