Firework Safety Tips for the Family

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Get ready for the 4th with these fireworks safety tips from UI Health Care.

As fireworks light up the skies this season, safety should be a top priority. Last year, thousands of teens and children sustained injuries related to fireworks. Most of those injuries occur in June and July. 

With Fourth of July celebrations this week, it’s important to review the ways you and your loved ones can enjoy fireworks safely. 

View fireworks at public firework displays, if possible

Most big community events are staffed by people with fireworks certification who typically are members of the town’s fire department. They’ll set the guidelines and tell you just how far back you have to be.

Instead of sparklers, give children glowsticks or a flag

Sparklers can also reach temperatures of around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals—and are dangerous to young children. Try a glowstick of flag instead! 

Wear hearing protection when around loud noises

Fireworks can exceed 150 decibels, which can cause hearing loss after a few minutes (safe listening levels are considered 75-80 decibels). Hearing protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs, are great if you’re near loud noises. 

Establish a safety zone

Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or another mishap. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Instead, soak them with plenty of water and follow local guidelines for the proper disposal of fireworks, packaging, and debris. Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. 

If your child experiences a firework-related injury:

Seek immediate care. Call 911 immediately or go to the emergency room if there is a serious or life-threatening condition.

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