Fireworks Safety Tips for Your Family
When it comes to using fireworks at home, keeping safety first is key.
Fireworks are dangerous. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than 40% of fireworks injuries are burns. Hands and fingers are the most commonly injured body parts, followed by legs and eyes. To help prevent fireworks injuries, practice these fireworks safety tips shared by Leigha Jordan:
- Use fireworks far away from any buildings, including your house.
- Don’t use fireworks on dry grass or near any leaves, trees or shrubbery.
- Know the location of other people, of your kids and of your pets at all times.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that after adults, kids ages 5-9 have the second highest amount of fireworks injuries. Parents can help protect their kids and families from fireworks injuries with these tips:
- If you use fireworks at home, make sure that you have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water nearby.
- Make sure children stand far away from fireworks.
- Try using a confetti popper instead of fireworks.
- Use glow sticks as an alternative to sparklers. Not only are glow sticks safer, but they last longer, too.
And don't forget about your furry friends! Fireworks are noisy and loud, which can scare your pets. Pets may also be injured by fireworks. Keeping an eye on them - and every member of your family! - is key for keeping your family safe.