When fireworks season rolls around, most people are anxious to see them in use. Buying them is a great way to have some fun with the whole family. However, many parents don’t realize the importance of first talking to children about fireworks, how to use them, and how to stay safe using them. If they are not handled properly, accidents can cause significant burns and eye injuries. To avoid this, have a frank conversation with children about fireworks safety before bringing them into the home.
Set The Rules
Ultimately, most children should not operate fireworks of any type. It is best to keep these out of the reach of children, especially young children. Here are some rules to follow for all children.
Fireworks are not toys and, therefore, they should not play with them. It’s important to explain that fireworks are not considered toys even if they seem like fun.
It’s important to use fireworks in a safe way. This means encouraging children to remain far away from the threat.
Sparklers, even if they seem like a simple and no-worry solution, can burn a child. Always keep supervision at the highest level possible.
You are likely to be able to establish specific limitations and requirements for your family and kids, but how do you explain to your child that what looks like so much fun is actually anything but?
Tips for Talking About Fireworks
Some children are naturally afraid of fireworks. While you do not want your child to fear them, you can talk about what makes it safe to watch them. For example, explain to your child that experts are the only ones to use fireworks, especially when visiting a large display. It’s also a good idea to talk to children about the distance of such large displays. Children that are afraid of fireworks should never be forced to use them or interact with them in any way.
For the child that is very anxious and wants to use fireworks, there is more risk. For these children, parents need to take specific steps to ensure the child is fully knowledgeable about the risks. Fire and injury are big deals. Stress this in a conversation with your child. And, when your older child is interacting with simple fireworks, stress the importance and rules on how to remain safe. This includes keeping a bucket of water nearby, staying away from other people, and keep pets out of the line of fire.
The risks are there. The National Fire Protection Association states that every year, fire departments in the United States respond to 50,000 fires brought on by fireworks. When it comes down to it, you need to keep fireworks at bay and ensure children who are capable of understanding their risks fully aware of them. Keeping an eye on your child during any fireworks display or event can also be very important. Even picking up remnants can be very dangerous for most children. Turn to www.usfireworks.com for more information.
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