Safety Tips Before Watching Fireworks

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By: Nicole Pelletiere

Independence Day just wouldn’t be the same without a colorful fireworks show, but they can be dangerous for your little one and somewhat frightening as well.

Here are a few safety tips before watching the fireworks with your family this Fourth of July:

-Do not let your children play with fireworks.  Many parents allow their youngsters to play with sparklers.  If you are going to let your child hold sparklers, keep them outdoors and away from the face, clothing, and hair.

-Do not allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after they have been set-off.  Some may still be ignited and can explode.

-If you or a family member will be administering the fireworks, keep a bucket of water close-by for any emergencies.

-If your child is frightened by the loud explosions, it may be a good idea to purchase ear-plugs or noise-canceling headphones for such an event.  Some fireworks like ‘M-80s’ can cause permanent hearing loss.

-Lastly, your child should always be under close supervision.  It is important to remind them to remain nearby and not run out of sight.

Stay safe and have an enjoyable Fourth of July with your loved ones.

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