Children suffer an estimated 30 percent of fireworks-related burns and other injuries. One of the biggest culprits? Backyard sparklers during the Fourth of July. Here are some safety tips you need to keep in mind and teach your kids.
During the weeks surrounding the Fourth of July, school-age children suffer an estimated 1,900 fireworks-related burns and other injuries. One of the biggest culprits? Backyard sparklers. Some safety tips you need to keep in mind, and teach your kids:
- Never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time.
- Always hold the sparkler at arm's length from the body and stand at least six feet away from other people.
- Don't run with, throw, or hand a lit sparkler to someone else.
- The sticks stay hot after they're done burning, so keep a bucket of water nearby to douse them in (stepping on used sparklers is a major cause of burns).
- Closely supervise school-age kids while they use sparklers.