Have a Fun (and Safe!) July 4th with These Tips

The best way to protect your family is to not use fireworks at home. Attend public fireworks displays. If you do plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area.

Use care with sparklers. Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. Let young children use glow sticks instead.

Closely supervise children around fireworks, and take precautions if you use fireworks. Don’t wear loose clothing. Point fireworks away from homes. Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass, brush, leaves or flammable substances.

Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device doesn’t go off, don’t stand over it to investigate. Put it out with water and dispose of it. Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher.

If anyone is injured by fireworks, immediately seek medical help. If an eye injury occurs, don’t touch or rub it, as this may cause additional damage.

Source: Safe Kids Worldwide