Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Kids Firework Safety Tips - 4th of July Guide for Parents & Families Safe Holiday Celebration


100s injured by fireworks daily during holiday

Independence Day is traditionally a day or long weekend when families, kids, and friends get together for watermelon eating contests, attending parades, making BBQs and all other kinds of fun and entertainment, including both watching professional firework displays and setting off backyard fireworks.

Fireworks & moon over San Diego Harbor,
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 60% of all fireworks-related injuries occur between June 22 and July 22, centering around the Fourth of July holiday. In fact during that one-month period alone an average of 200 people in the U.S. rush to seek medical treatment at emergency room around America.

According to the 2012 CPSC firework injury report there were about 8700 incidents (74% male, 26% female) last year involving a trip to the ER. Of these, 23% were caused by firecrackers and 36% encompassed sparklers, fountains, novelties. This doesn't even count all the minor burns and injuries that go unreported.

CPSC's Backyard Fireworks Safety Tips
  • Make sure fireworks are legal where you want to use them before buying
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks
  • Always be sure age appropriate kids are supervised by an adult
  • Be extremely careful even with sparklers which can burn at temperatures of 2000 degrees
  • Keep a bucket of water on hand to immediately douse any fires
  • Don't ever point or toss fireworks at another person
  • Do not shoot off fireworks from glass or metal containers
  • Light fireworks one at a time
This video was shot by my 17 year-old son using his Nokia Lumia 822 smartphone

For more information on fireworks safety, visit

What precautions do you take to ensure safety when using fireworks with your children? Please feel free to share your tips and advice as a comment below this post.

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