5 Firework Safety Tips for Safe Summer Celebrations

Jun 10, 2024 | Children's Health

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Summer celebrations are often marked by the excitement and spectacle of fireworks. However, these festive displays come with significant safety risks, especially for children. 

Dawn Zitman, MD, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health pediatrician, shares essential firework safety tips to help keep your family safe while enjoying summer festivities.

Leave Fireworks to the Adults

Fireworks can be dangerous and should always be handled by adults. The explosive power and unpredictability of fireworks make them unsuitable for children. 

Dr. Zitman emphasizes that adults should be the only ones who light fireworks to prevent accidents and injuries. For a safer alternative, consider taking your family to a professional fireworks show, where you can enjoy the display without the risks.

Safe Alternatives for Kids

To bring the fun of fireworks into your children’s hands safely, consider using glow sticks or confetti poppers. 

These alternatives can provide the same level of excitement without the dangers associated with fireworks. Glow sticks are a great option for evening celebrations, offering bright, colorful fun that lasts for hours.

Proper Firework Handling

When adults are handling fireworks, it’s crucial to follow safety guidelines to minimize risks. 

Fireworks should be lit one at a time in an open area, far away from trees, houses, and any other structures that could catch fire. This helps prevent accidental fires and ensures a controlled environment for the fireworks.

Maintain a Safe Distance

Keeping observers at a safe distance is essential to protect everyone from potential harm. 

Dr. Zitman advises setting up a clear perimeter where onlookers can watch the fireworks from a safe distance. This reduces the risk of injuries from misfires or unexpected explosions.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Having a bucket of water or a hose nearby when lighting fireworks is a critical safety measure. In case of a fire or if a firework does not explode as expected, you can quickly douse it to prevent any accidents. This simple precaution can make a significant difference in managing potential hazards.

Prioritize safety when it comes to fireworks. By leaving fireworks to the adults, exploring safe alternatives for kids and maintaining proper safety measures, you can enjoy a spectacular and injury-free celebration with your family.

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