Fireworks Safety: How to Keep It Fun and Avoid Injury
by Mary Calvagna, MS
The Fourth of July can be a fun family event—an exciting time to celebrate and enjoy the summer with family and friends. And fireworks are usually a part of the celebration. Every year however, children and adults suffer injuries from fireworks, especially eye injuries and burns.
If you choose to use fireworks at your next event, follow these safety tips:
Special Note About Sparklers
Sparklers are also very popular during the Fourth of July. Unfortunately, these small hand-held fireworks also causes injuries, especially in children. The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends that only older children (eg, over age 12 years) should be allowed to use sparklers. The organization also recommends these tips:
National Council on Fireworks Safety
United States Consumer Products Safety Commission
Canada Safety Council
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Fireworks safety. Kids Health.org website. Available at: http://kidshealth..... Updated May 2010. Accessed September 22, 2011.
Fireworks safety. US Consumer Product and Safety Commission website. Available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/info/fireworks/index.html. Accessed September 22, 2011.
Last reviewed October 2011 by Brian Randall, MD
Last Updated: 10/27/2011