On any other day of the year, would you hand your child matches or a flaming candle to play with? Probably, a hard no.
You work so hard all year long to keep your child safe.
Don't let the 4th of July mess with your common sense.
Over 12,000 fireworks injuries were treated in emergency rooms in 2017; children under 15 accounted for more than a third of these emergency room visits for burns, hand/finger injuries, head/face injuries, and eye injuries.
Wave a flag instead of a sparkler.
According to the
Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly half of the fireworks injuries to children under the age of 5 are caused by sparklers.
Sparklers burn at an extremely high heat: 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals.
Sparks can ignite clothing on fire and cause eye injuries.
Touching a lit sparkler to skin can result in third degree burns.
Even if fireworks are legal to purchase and use in your community, they are not safe around children.
Keep the 4th of July fun, and leave the fireworks to the professionals.
Watch a public display near you―less than 1% of injuries in 2017 were associated with public fireworks displays.