10 Fireworks Safety Tips

Grilling, family time, and swimming provide kids with some of the best summer memories. So do fireworks! But fooling around with fireworks can result in major consequences. This holiday, after sharing the lyrics to the Star-Spangled Banner, use your fireworks displays as a teaching tool with your kids. Below are 10 fireworks safety tips you should use and teach to your kids.

1. Fireworks packaged in brown paper are made for professional displays.

Avoid buying these. They seem fun, but they are not for backyard use.

2. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.

This is especially important with sparklers.

3. Back up to a safe distance.

Immediately after lighting fireworks, get back.

4. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

This is very dangerous. Fireworks are not toys.

5. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy.

Fireworks spark fires. Keep the bucket nearby and douse used fireworks before discarding them in the trash.

6. Never allow young children to play or ignite fireworks.

No matter how responsible you think your kid is, accidents can happen. Kids can look, but don’t let them touch.

7. Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

This is a recipe for disaster. Always use fireworks in the way they are intended to be used.

8. Never try to re-light “duds.”

Sometimes fireworks don’t fully ignite. Don’t pick them up. Leave a “dud” alone. Douse it and move on to the next one.

9. Never place a part of your body directly over a firework device when lighting.

If you want to keep your limbs unscathed, back away from the fireworks.

10. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Check with local authorities to see what is allowed in your neighborhood.

Sound off: What is your favorite fireworks memory?

Huddle up with your kids and ask, “What freedom are you most thankful for in our country?”