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Dr. J.J. Levenstein's Firework Safety Tips

Dr. J.J. Levenstein's Firework Safety Tips
Items Needed If You Plan On Using Fireworks:
• A bucket of water or hose. Water is important for cooling off spent sparklers, fully extinguishing fireworks, and in case of fire.
• A clear, flat area away from houses, spectators, leaves, and flammable materials. • Closed-toed shoes. • Safety glasses for the person igniting the fireworks. • Let your young children use glow sticks instead of sparklers.

What Are Some Safety Tips?

Leave fireworks to the professionals: Attend public fireworks displays and sit in designated areas.

• If you plan on using fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area, and obey local laws. • NEVER purchase fireworks wrapped in brown paper – those are meant for professional use.

• Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives – they can kill! • NEVER light fireworks inside the home or near grass or other flammable material. Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances.

• Read and follow all firework instructions carefully. • Don’t wear loose clothing if lighting fireworks. • Let your young children use glow sticks instead of sparklers. • Teach older children to stand while using sparklers, and not to run or wave them. Use one at a time. • Don’t hold a child in your arms when lighting sparklers or fireworks. • Always stand when using sparklers, and after they have gone out submerge in a bucket of water. • Soak spent fireworks in a bucket of water before placing the in an outdoor trash can. • If a firework is a dud, don’t attempt to relight it, and don’t hover over it. Wait 20 minutes and submerge it in a bucket of water. • Stand by and supervise teens involved with fireworks. • Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix! Make sure the supervising adult is sober, prepared for emergency, and aware. • Call 911 if any severe or painful injury, and seek medical care in the ER if any eye injury.

Firework Safety with Dr JJ Levenstein

Board certified pediatrician Dr. JJ Levenstein, MD, FAAP provides us with firework safety tips.

JJ Levenstein, MD FAAP, is a Board Certified Pediatrician. You can take parenting classes with instruction by Dr. Levenstein online by visiting www.momassembly.com. Also, find helpful parenting products at www.mdmoms.com.