Fireworks Safety on 4th of July

Happy 4th to all CS readers in the United States! I’m not sure yet how I’ll be celebrating the mid-week break, but I hope a bbq and great fireworks will be involved :).

On this holiday, ensure your children stay safe.

  • Kids should never play with fireworks.
  • If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit (982° Celsius) — hot enough to melt gold.
  • Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
  • Steer clear of others — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest.
  • Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.

Read about these tips and more by Dr. Steven Dowshen at KidsHealth

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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About Traci S. Williams-Nurse

Dr. Traci Williams-Nurse is a licensed psychologist who specialized in child, adolescent and family psychology. Her interests include child development, family functioning, video games and food. She was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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