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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.





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.


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