Fireworks are fun to celebrate the Fourth of July and other holidays, but they can also be dangerous. Every year, there are reports of children being injured or killed by fireworks. To keep your kids safe this year, follow these four tips:
Keep Fireworks Out of Reach
This means keeping them in a locked cabinet or in a place where kids can’t get to them. If you’re using fireworks, keep a close eye on them so that children can’t get their hands on them. Keeping them out of sight may also prevent them from wanting to play with them in the first place.
If you have any leftover fireworks, dispose of them properly so that kids can’t find them and play with them.
Avoid Illegal Fireworks
Illegal fireworks can be hazardous and should be avoided. If they are illegal, there is probably a reason why. Stick to legal fireworks that can be bought at stores. Legal fireworks are more closely monitored than other fireworks. Safety standards are followed and maintained with legal fireworks.
On the other hand, legal fireworks can still be dangerous, so following all safety precautions is important. Ensure that you read all the instructions thoroughly before using the fireworks. You don’t want to make a mistake with the fireworks you use. By following the instructions, you ensure the safety of your kids.
Visit fireworks store websites to find out where you can buy legal fireworks in your area.
Educate Your children
Kids should know that fireworks are dangerous and that they should never play with them. When children learn about the dangers of fireworks, they are less likely to be tempted to play with them. Teach them why you need to keep water nearby.
Teach them to stay away from fireworks that have been lit. Make sure they know to be careful with duds as well. If they see someone playing with fireworks, they should tell an adult immediately.
Supervise at All Times
Make sure that they exercise caution. Even if you’re using small fireworks, it’s important to supervise your children closely. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Be there if an accident happens.
If you have older children who want to handle fireworks, make sure they understand the dangers and how to use them safely. Only allow them to use fireworks under close supervision. Let them know that as they follow the rules they can have fun!
Now that’s a lot of serious information, but remember any accident that happens with fireworks can be serious, so it’s important to take precautions. Use these tips to ensure that your kids are safe around fireworks this year. By following these simple tips, you can help prevent accidents and keep your family safe. Safe fun is the best kind of fun because it lasts forever.
By Rachelle Wilber
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/people/Rachelle-Wilber/100009221637700/