Keep Fourth of July celebrations safe
Fourth of July activities can provide a fun-filled time for family bonding. But, children and adults are needlessly injured by fireworks every year. Children ages 10 to 14 suffer from fireworks-related injuries more than any other age group. Sparklers, often considered the safest type of fireworks, are most frequently associated with injury among children age 4 and younger. To prevent these accidents, parents need to take steps to ensure their family celebrates safely.
The best way for families to enjoy the holiday festivities is to attend planned park firework displays where everyone can watch the colorful show from a distance.
Children are fascinated by fireworks, but fascination can quickly turn to tragedy if a child is injured by exploding fireworks. Because children often do not know the dangers involved, parents and other adults should not allow children to use fireworks, including sparklers.
Discuss the dangers of fireworks with your children. Tell them to never purchase fireworks or accept them from friends and to stay away from those who are using fireworks.
Many municipalities have ordinances prohibiting the sale, discharge and use of fireworks. The definition of fireworks may include firecrackers, sparklers, cherry bombs and related devices. Be aware of the regulations in your community and the activities of your neighbors and friends.