Tips for Firework Safety on the 4th

July 2, 2012

Summer is officially here and the parties and celebrations have begun. What comes to mind when you think of the 4th of July?

Chances are, you think red, white and blue, cooking out and fireworks!

Fireworks can be a lot of fun to watch as a family, but they are also very dangerous–especially to children.  Firework displays, when done by professionals, are a great treat on the holiday. Use caution and stay as far back as you can from where they are being launched, both to protect yourself in case one misfires and to decrease some of the noise.  Here are a couple other things to consider:


Noise-induced hearing loss is a definite danger of fireworks; noise levels can range from 88 to 126 decibels during a normal display. Hearing loss can occur with constant exposure to sounds of over 85 decibels in as short as 15 minutes! Help protect your child’s ears with ear plugs or even ear muffs.

DIY Fireworks – A Don’t!

Fireworks at home are illegal in four states, and New York is among those on the prohibited list. The category of “fireworks” also includes roman candles, rockets and sparklers. Did you know that a sparkler can reach temperatures of  upwards of 1000 degrees F?  That’s hot enough to melt gold!

Across the U.S. each summer, numerous accidents happen with home-use of fireworks.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were 9,600 firework-related injuries reported last year alone — and 65 percent of those occurred in the month surrounding July 4th. Between burns and explosions, fireworks are a danger to people of all ages.

If you find a piece of a firework, soak it in a bucket of water before putting it in the trash to make sure it is extinguished and do not try to reignite it.  Most of all, do not allow your child anywhere near it.

Have a safe and happy holiday, and please, please leave the fireworks to the professionals!


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