Summertime Safety: Fireworks

Fourth of July celebrations, outdoors

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, swimming, and, when it comes to July 4th, fireworks! Along with the splashing and sparklers come plenty of visits to urgent care, especially during July. There’s no school and lots of families are gathering for cookouts and hangouts near the water. So what are some ways you can keep your family safe during the July 4th holiday? We’ve narrowed it down to a few simple tips.

Leave it to the Experts

To be completely honest, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is as a spectator at a professional display. Some people light sparklers at home or even set off their own fireworks, but this can be dangerous. It’s best to stay away from areas where nonprofessionals are setting off fireworks. Fireworks can cause serious eye injuries, including blindness if the eye tissue gets damaged or torn. Other common injuries include burns to the hands and face, which can leave scars. Someone could even lose one or more fingers if fireworks go off the wrong way. Fireworks can also start fires, which can hurt even more people. When you leave it to the experts, you can enjoy all the fun and none of the worry.

Home-Spun Firework Fun

If you know someone who plans to set off fireworks at home or if you choose to at your home, here are some safety tips to share:

  • Only adults should light fireworks.
  • Never use fireworks indoors.
  • Be prepared to put out a fire by having a hose or water nearby.
  • Light them one at a time.
  • Stay away from a firework that has not gone off and never try to relight it.
  • Sparklers may seem less dangerous, but they get extremely hot — as hot as 1,800°F (982°C). Sparklers can light clothes on fire and can cause kids to get badly burned.

By being prepared and making sure all the kids know the rules, you can relax and enjoy your holiday! In the event of an emergency, be sure to call 9-1-1 or head straight to the emergency. If you need urgent care, KidsStreet Urgent Care is open on the 4th of July for all life’s little emergencies.