With July 4th Holiday weekend coming up, remember to be practice safety when celebrating our country’s independence with fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 57% of firework related injuries are burns. Here are some firework safety tips that’ll make your 4th of July and summer firework events safe and enjoyable.
- Make sure an adult lights sparklers or other fireworks for children. Matches and lighters are dangerous for children to use and should be kept out of reach.
- Make sure there is adult supervision when sparklers are being used or fireworks are being watched.
- Sparklers burn at a temperature of 2,000 degrees; hot enough to melt glass! When children are using sparklers, make sure they hold it at the end and out in front of them to avoid getting burned. If children are too young to hold a sparkler, let them hold glow sticks instead! They are just as fun and can keep little hands from getting burned.
- Never throw a sparkler or other firework at a person, animal, or object. Someone could get seriously hurt!
- Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass. Fireworks can easily start a fire.
- Once children are finished with their sparklers or other fireworks, make sure an adult disposed of them properly.
- When you’re lighting a firework for a child, make sure there is enough distance between the two of you to not get burned or hurt.
- A rocket can reach 150 miles per hour and travel as high as 1000 feet. When watching a large firework display, make sure you sit far enough away from where the professionals are setting them off.
- Make sure you obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If the firework does not go off, extinguish it and dispose of it properly. Do not investigate why it didn’t go off.
- When setting off fireworks, always have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher close by.
Fun Fact: Specific elements produce specific colors. Strontium and lithium compounds produce deep reds; copper produces blues; titanium and magnesium burn silver or white; calcium creates an orange color; sodium produces yellow pyrotechnics; and barium burns green.
Have children at home? Get them excited about fireworks safety with the following Firework Safety for Kids tip sheet. Print it out and share it with them before this weekend’s festivities.