June is National Fireworks Safety Month and continues through July 4. For many families across the country the Fourth of July is a time to come together, celebrate and watch fireworks. Although watching fireworks can be fun, it’s important to remember that setting fireworks off at home is very dangerous, and in many states it’s not legal.
Fireworks and injuries
Fireworks can cause burns and other serious injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2017 there were almost 13,000 people in the U.S. who needed medical treatment after fireworks-related injuries. For this reason, it’s best to leave fireworks to the experts.
There are many public fireworks displays that you and your family can enjoy. Here are some tips to help everyone have fun:
- Don’t sit near any fireworks launch sites.
- Watch fireworks from an indoor location or your car if children become scared.
- Use earplugs or earmuffs to limit noise if you do take your baby to a watch fireworks. Fireworks displays can be upsetting for babies and for children with sensitive hearing.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite any type of fireworks.
- Sparklers are lots of fun, but they’re still dangerous for small children. Do not buy fireworks packaged in brown paper. This often means they were made for professional displays and could be dangerous for consumers.
With a little knowledge and planning, your whole family can enjoy the celebration. Happy Fourth of July!