Fireworks Safety Tips

Mom and child watching fireworksLittle ones look adorable holding those sparklers. Unfortunately, fireworks can lead to accidents for children, including burns and other injuries. This Fourth of July, take a little extra precaution to have a safe and happy event:

Find a substitute for sparklers. Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. Encourage your young ones to use glow sticks.

Take necessary precautions. If you decide to light fireworks yourself, be extra careful. Purchase fireworks from a credible source. Make sure you’re not wearing loose clothing when handling matches or fireworks.

Never use fireworks indoors! Use them outside, point them away from homes and people, and steer clear of brush, leaves, dry grass and flammable substances.

Keep your distance. Make sure everyone is positioned far back from where fireworks are being lit.

Be prepared and have a plan. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and make sure you know how to operate it. When you’re finished, douse the remains with water before disposing of them to avoid a trash fire.

Leave fireworks to the pros. The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays or watch the celebrations on television.

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