Independence Day can be a fun family event—an exciting time to celebrate and enjoy the summer with family and friends. And fireworks may be 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:
Sparklers are also very popular during fireworks celebrations. Unfortunately, these small hand-held fireworks also causes injuries, especially in young children. The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends that only older children over the age 12 years 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
Fireworks safety. Kids Health—Nemours Foundation website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/fireworks.html. Updated July 2013. Accessed June 8, 2017.
Fireworks publication #12. United States Consumer Product and Safety Commission website. Available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/121339/012.pdf. Updated June 2015. Accessed June 8, 2017.
Recommended safety tips. The National Council on Fireworks Safety website. http://www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips. Accessed June 8, 2017.
Sparker safety. New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services website. Available at: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/publications/documents/sparklersafety.pdf. Accessed June 8, 2017.
Last reviewed June 2017 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
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