Celebrate the 4th safely…be careful with sparklers!
The 4th of July is this week! It is the epitome of summer to me. Cook outs, parades, watermelon, homemade ice cream, family time, and of course fireworks. I know there will be many children who will be celebrating the day with sparklers. Many parents feel that sparklers are a harmless “fire work” that the youngest of children can handle. Sparklers burn at a temperature of about 1200 to 1500 degrees F. That is hotter than any oven that we latch with child protective latches! The American Academy of Pediatrics states that 45 percent of all firework injuries are to children younger than age 15 and many of those injuries are caused by sparklers. Injuries to hands and eyes top the list of firework injuries, and many are serious. I encourage families to enjoy the public displays of fireworks and resist the temptation to “do it yourself”. Think twice about sparklers and other fireworks. Be sure that your children realize that sparklers are very hot and should be treated with caution and fireworks are especially dangerous. Think about alternatives…what about glow sticks for all the young children at your house? Glow sticks have been in abundance at dollar stores, the dollar aisle at Target and Michael’s. These are fun and much safer. They are not safe for those children who will put them in their mouth however. Flash lights are fun to play with at dark too….another safe way to “light up the night”.
What can you do to help prevent an injury from ruining your celebration of the 4th?
- If you are using sparklers, all children must be closely supervised.
- Make sure that children hold the sparklers at arm’s distance and away from clothing.
- Children should stand far apart when holding sparklers, discourage running while holding them.
- Light a sparkler while a child holds it, do not try to pass a lit sparkler.
- Have buckets of water near so that children can drop the sparkler in the bucket when finished. The sparkler sticks stay hot for quite awhile after the “sparkle” is done.
For those parents of older children…there has been an increase in popularity of “sparkler bombs” where a large number of sparklers are taped together and lit. These “bombs” can explode with reports of mailboxes and garbage cans being destroyed by them. There have been children who have lost hands and experienced other serious injuries with this unsafe use of sparklers. Just a heads up…not something I was aware of!
So celebrate the 4th with family time, food, and fun. Head to the local parade, forget those strict bedtimes and head to the public fireworks display. Keep safety in mind if you celebrate with sparklers …a trip to the emergency room is never a good ending to any celebration. Stay safe, wave a flag and celebrate the USA.…Glow sticks anyone?
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.
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