July & August are National Fireworks Safety Months
The National Council urges consumers to follow these other important safety tips:
- Only use fireworks outdoors.
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Never give fireworks to young children and always wear safety glasses.
- Always have a bucket of water or water hose nearby.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix!
Sparkler injuries accounted for 1/3 of all firework injuries to children 5 years or younger.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these safety steps for sparklers:
- Sparkles should ALWAYS be used under close adult supervision.
- Always remain standing while using sparklers.
- Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
- Sparklers and bare feet can be a painful combination. Always wear closed-toe shoes when using sparklers.
- Never hand a lighted sparkler to another person. Give them the unlit sparkler and then light it.
- Always stand at least 6 feet from another person while using sparklers.
- Never throw sparklers.
- Show children how to hold sparklers away from their body and at arm’s length.
- Teach children not to wave sparklers, especially wooden stick sparklers, or run while holding sparklers.
Sparklers have been a traditional means of celebration for hundreds of years. Let’s teach our children how to use them safely and help prevent needless injuries.