The idea of letting kids near explosive devices has always seemed like a bad one to me. According to the CDC, during the month around July 4:
- 40% of [firework-related] injuries occurred among children ages 14 years and younger;
- Injuries were most commonly associated with fire-crackers (17%), sparklers (17%) and rockets (14%).
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that:
- Fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime.
- Fireworks that are often thought to be safe, i.e. sparklers, can reach temperatures above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, and can burn users and bystanders.
- Parents should attend professional fireworks displays rather than using fireworks at home.
- The AAP recommends prohibiting public sale of all fireworks, including those by mail or Internet.
If, despite these warnings, you want to go ahead with your own firework display, you should at least read these safety tips from the National Council on Firework Safety.
Don’t forget your barbecue safety, either.
Have a safe and happy fourth of July!