Fireworks are a popular staple in Independence Day activities, but it’s important to know how to keep your family safe and avoid any accidents this holiday weekend. Fireworks can pose a serious threat to children if they are left unsupervised.

More than 3 thousand children under 15 are sent to the hospital every year for injuries caused by fireworks. Of these incidents, one-third are from injuries from sparklers in children under five.

Here are some tips to stay safe this July 4th:

  • Attend public displays of fireworks instead of letting off your own. These events have professionals handling the fireworks, with plenty of safety and emergency vehicles. If you must set off your own fireworks, make sure they are legal in your state.
  • Supervise children closely at all times. Sparklers can reach temperatures up to 1200 degrees, so make sure you are supervising older children. Younger children should not be allowed to use sparklers, so give them glow sticks to play with instead.
  • Bring ear plugs. For young children, the sound of fireworks can be frightening and ruin the experience. The loud noises can also damage their hearing.
  • Have water and a fire extinguisher on hand. Make sure you know how to use the fire extinguisher. Remember to not wear any loose clothing around where the fireworks are being set off.
  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If the firework doesn’t shoot off, don’t go up to it to inspect it. Simply extinguish it with water and discard it.
  • Never use fireworks inside or near dry grass. Make sure to also keep them away from leaves, brush and other flammable objects. When setting them off, point them away from any houses or trees.

For more tips on firework safety, visit Safe Kids Worldwide. We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday weekend!