It's Fourth of July weekend, and celebrations wouldn’t be complete without fireworks. But when children are around it’s important to take extra precaution, as firework temperatures can reach extreme heights.
About 200 people go the emergency department every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July Fourth holiday according to United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Susan Helms, director of Injury Prevention and Safe Kids Mid-South, strongly urges parents to use safety measures if they plan to use fireworks during the holiday celebration. She suggests reading these tips from our partners at Safe Kids Worldwide:
Leave fireworks to the professionals
- The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
- It is not legal to use fireworks in Memphis and Shelby County without a permit.
Be extra careful with sparklers
- Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.
- Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.