Summer is in full swing here for us even though the neighborhood kids are in school still. It’s a weeknight and we went out after dark for a round of sparklers with the older kids. I really love this time of year, but it is definitely the time to think of safety with all of these fun things we enjoy as the summer weather rolls in and back yard celebrations start.
Fireworks safety with kids.
When kids are involved in fireworks you need to consider their safety as well as that of participating adults. Watching fireworks go wrong can scar a child as if they got hurt themselves and then you have all of the risks to the children. Fireworks are fun and worth doing but safety precautions need to be taken.
- Pick a clear space with plenty of room between fireworks, people, buildings, and cars.
- Keep fireworks away from children.
- Do not mix alcohol and fireworks.
- Use a long lighter to light fireworks from a bit of a distance.
- Light fireworks and move away quickly.
- Do not kick or attempt to relight duds
Sparkler safety for kids.
Sparklers are fun and when you’re young it’s one of the safer options to allow the children in on the fun. Here are some tips to make the fun safer. Safety is vital and you must consider it when deciding if your child is ready for sparklers. Sparklers are NOT for young children.
- Use a candle for safer lighting of sparklers.
- Keep a bucket of water handy for safely disposing of burnt sparkler stems.
- Talk to your children the need to stand back from each other keeping a safe distance.
- Split older children playing with sparklers from babies and toddlers that may not understand the importance of staying at a distance.
- Have children keep hair up and shoes on to prevent burns and hair from getting caught by sparks.
- Plastic cups with a small hole in the bottom make great guards to protect hands from sparks.