The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that about 5,000 Americans were sent to the emergency room during the...
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that about 5,000 Americans were sent to the emergency room during the Fourth of July holiday in 2008 due to injuries related to fireworks. Prevent Blindness America notes that about 1,000 of those injuries were to the eyes, including contusions, lacerations, debris in the eyes and burns. Of course other injuries happen when fireworks are around and kids under the age of 15 account for 40% of total injuries. Hopefully you're not planning on playing with fireworks when your baby or toddler is with you, but in spite of what may seem like common sense I've seen parents holding kids near fireworks just about every single 4th of July. With this in mind, it's time for some safety tips. Prevent Blindness America offers the following suggestions and tips for a safe and happy 4th of July. THE DANGERS INVOLVED:
- Fireworks that are approved for consumer use are still dangerous. Nine out of ten fireworks injuries that require emergency medical attention were caused by fireworks that were approved by Federal regulations.
- Fireworks injure bystanders more often then they injure the people who set off the fireworks.
- The safest fireworks are not home based. For example, your family is better off (and much safer) if you attend a fireworks displays conducted by licensed professionals vs. setting off fireworks on your street in front of your house.
- Watch firework events from a distance. Not only are fireworks not safe because of burn dangers but they are way too loud for little ears. Babies especially have ultra sensitive hearing so imagine how loud and scary fireworks may be for your little one.
- Never ever allow children to pick up leftover fireworks or firework pieces as they may still be active.
- After the sun goes down, wrap flashlights in colored cellophane to provide fun shades of light.
- Purchase non-toxic glo-sticks, glo-ropes and glo-jewelry that can safely light the night for toddlers. NOTE - I do not suggest giving glow stick items to a child younger then five years of age as they may chew on them.
- Create your own noisemakers by banging wooden spoons on pots and pans. Search your house for horns, whistles and bells and other items to create a marching band.