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.
Lighting fireworks in the backyard or nearby field might seem like a festive way to entertain the kids. However, thousands of people, most of them children, teens and young adults, are injured each year while using fireworks. Most of these injuries happen in the month around the 4th of July.
This year, help keep the holiday fun and safe by leaving any fireworks to trained professionals.
Common injuries from fireworks
About 10,200 people were treated in hospital emergency departments for fireworks injuries in 2022, according to the
Consumer Product Safety Commission. At least 11 of them died. Children under 15 years old accounted for 28% of these injuries. Among parts of the body most often burned or wounded by fireworks were hands and fingers (29%), head, face, and ears (19%) and eyes (16%).
Safer ways to celebrate
View fireworks from a safe distance
Professional fireworks shows are going to be more spectacular, and safer, than backyard fireworks. Enjoy them at a safe distance, at least 500 feet away from the fireworks launch site. This will help avoid injuries and protect your child's hearing. Fireworks and firecrackers can be as loud as
150 decibels—a lot louder than what's considered a safe listening level (75–80 decibels). At close distance, even one loud burst is enough to cause some permanent
Also keep in mind that if you find any
unexploded or "dud" fireworks that fell to the ground, they may still go off. Keep your distance and call your local fire or police department right away.
If public fireworks displays are cancelled in your area because of dry conditions and the risk of
wildfires, consider viewing a laser or drone light show that some communities offer instead. Many cities and other areas also have dangerous air quality levels due to wildfires. Make sure to check your local regulations about safe outdoor activities and events.
Wave a flag (or glow stick) instead of a sparkler
Sparklers may seem relatively harmless, as fireworks go. But according to the CPSC, nearly half of fireworks injuries to children under age 5 are related to sparklers. Surprising? Consider this:
There were about 600 emergency department-treated injuries associated with sparklers in 2022. Roughly 1,300 injuries were related to firecrackers.
Even if fireworks are legal to purchase and use in your community, they are not safe around children. Talk with your pediatrician if you have any questions about safely enjoying fireworks displays.