Fireworks are awesome, and kids especially love the bright displays. I mean, what's not to love about the lights, colors, and explosions. That said, the super basic fireworks safety rules many parents ignore can put a damper on any 4th of July celebrations . Nothing ruins a good time like a trip to the emergency room, right?
I'm not about to tell anyone to keep all fireworks away from kids. In fact, my dad let me light bottle rockets as soon as my chubby little fingers could hold the smoldering stick steady. These made for some amazing memories growing up, and nobody lost an eye.
In the midst of 4th of July fireworks celebrations, however, it's easy to forget that you're handling explosives. Sadly, most fireworks injuries affect children. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), children ages 5 to 9 are the group most likely to receive treatment for injuries related to fireworks in an emergency department, with older children being especially prone to injury. As further noted by the CPSC, there were approximately 5.2 fireworks injuries per 100,000 individuals in this age range. Oh, and the heat these consumer fireworks can give off is exceptional. As noted by the National Fire Protection Association, a simple sparkler can burn at 1,200° Fahrenheit, which is more than hot enough to melt glass. Yikes. That said, taking a few commonsense precautions will help you and your family enjoy fireworks safely.