Fireworks Safety Tips for Kids

by Heligirl on July 4, 2011

in Mom Tip Monday,Parenting Articles

Happy independence Day everyone. In honor of our country’s birthday I’ve put together a few fireworks safety tips for kids to help our little ones enjoy a happy and safe 4th.

  • The Fourth of July and fireworks go hand in hand. As all the loud noises, bright lights and other surprises can be overwhelming, be sure to talk to young children about what to expect in order to help them enjoy the holiday.
  • Remember to read instructions and keep fireworks away from little ones.
  • If you’re introducing your children to home fireworks this year, start out with simple options such as sparklers. Be sure to discuss safety (no touching the spark and keeping it clear of others, hair and clothing) and demonstrate how to hold it before letting your child try. Stay close.
  • Never leave your child alone with fireworks or even matches. Kids like to mimic our behavior. They saw you strike that match, or flick that lighter, and touch it to the firecracker. They’ll try.
  • Keep plenty of water nearby just in case. Having the hose on and ready is always a good idea.
  • Make sure to only set off fireworks outside in open clear areas and always aim them away from others.
  • Never allow your children to run out and pick up fireworks after they’ve gone off. They could still be lit, or hot.
  • Prepare your kids for what the fireworks will do – whistle, pop, jump, sparkle, shoot up into the air, boom, etc. Help them enjoy it by sharing what they can anticipate.
  • If it’s your child’s first time to a community fireworks show, consider attending from a distance. Sudden loud noises and flashes can be scary. Also talk about what can be expected and prepare yourself to leave early if your child becomes overwhelmed.
  • Do not buy illegal fireworks. Legal ones are labeled with the manufacturer’s name. Illegal ones are not. The illegal ones are banned because they are dangerous, especially around children.

The Fourth of July is an American tradition, a celebration of what makes us America. Be sure to practice a smart and safe holiday and it will surely be fun for the whole family.



SharleneT. July 4, 2011 at 8:52 am

Good points and I hope this is followed by everyone. Emergency rooms are full enough without people claiming that they thought their bomb was a dud. Right. Leave the thing on the ground and get away. Thanks for sharing and the reminder. Happy Fourth!
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Susan July 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Our first fireworks for Little Man were poppers. Not true fireworks; but they go bang and spit out confetti. Some of the bigger ones don’t even go bang (if that’s too scary for your young child). Party stores have some that are spring loaded (no boom). Lots of fun and lots of confetti- so take them outside and have a blast!
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