Fireworks are a lot of fun but they can also be very dangerous. As a little girl I was terrified of them, because I had one spin across the ground and burn my foot. It was not bad, but enough to scare me and I get a lump in my stomach when I see fireworks going off.
Here are some easy tips to help your 4th of July be a little safer as your family celebrates and lights of fireworks.
1- When you light sparklers for your kids, stick the sparkler into the end of a large solo cup. This will help your child’s arm from getting burnt with the sparks from the sparkler. You can watch a video on how to do this here.
2- Talk to your child BEFORE you light the sparkler about what is going to happen so they do not freak out once it starts to spark, and drop the sparkler.
3- Have an “after plan” on what to do with the HOT metal sparkler stick. We always have a metal bucket for the kids to put their hot wire in. If they just drop it on the ground there is a good chance someone will step on it and burn their foot. Or it can land in dry grass and become a fire hazard. Talking about what and where to put the hot stick at the end helps prevent this. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C), yikes that is hot enough to melt gold.
4- Before you let your child use a sparkler, pull their hair back and away from their face. Also talk to your child about holding their arm out AWAY from their face and hair.
5- Avoid areas with dry grass, dry leaves or lots of litter that might catch on fire.
6- Staying away from cars, lawn movers or other items with gas tanks is always a good idea too.
7- Do NOT put used fireworks into a garbage can. They might spark and set the other items in the can on fire. We always put them a metal bucket, and soak them with water, then the NEXT day put them in the large trash can away from the house.
8- Have a hose or water bucket READY just in case. We are playing with fire, so having a fast water source is always a good idea.
9- Always use fireworks OUTSIDE, I know this sounds like common sense but you would be surprised how many people light them inside a garage or other indoor spaces.
10- Always point fireworks away from homes, and people, never hold them above your head as the sparks falling may catch your hair on fire.
11- Never try to light a “dud” you never know when it might finally go off and if you are holding it or if it is near your face it would be very dangerous.
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