Fireworks bring out the kid in everybody, and are especially enticing to those who are still children. If you are a parent, you want your kids to be able to experience the fun and joy of fireworks, but you also want them to be safe. To get the best of both worlds you need to educate your kids on how to safely enjoy fireworks from a very early age. Here are some tips on how to educate your children on how to be safe around fireworks.
Look, Don’t Touch!
The most important rule when it comes to kids and fireworks is that they should not touch fireworks. Fireworks should only be touched and ignited by adults who know how to safely light these devices. You want your kids to know that just like a fire, fireworks are pretty to look at but are not for kids to touch. This is true even with the pieces of fireworks after they have been ignited; don’t let kids pick these up. Keep a strict no touch rule for all fireworks.
Teach by Example
So the first rule is that kids don’t touch fireworks, but you still want them to learn the correct way to safely use fireworks. After all, they will grow up eventually. You can provide them with a good example by using and teaching proper safety precautions, such as:
Never ignite more than one firework at a time
Only buy and use legal fireworks
Only use fireworks outside
Wear eye protection
Never point a firework at someone else or yourself, even in a joking manner
Keep a large container of water to douse all fireworks after they ignite
Only light fireworks in a flat area away from people, pets and buildings
Playing with Fireworks
There are some fireworks that are geared more toward children, which makes them even more alluring. Sparklers are often the first fireworks a child ever holds in their hand. However, even a sparkler is extremely hot, burning hot enough to melt metal! Even the novelties that are designed to entertain kids need to be handled by adults. These should be fun items that you enjoy together as a family, not toys for the kids to play with on their own. They can get the wonderful awe and joy of experiencing their first sparkler, snake or pagoda, but it should be at a safe distance while you are there enjoying it with them.
If you set strict safety rules from the very beginning when it comes to fireworks and your kids, it can be a fantastic way to create lasting, happy memories. Teach them from their very first encounter that fireworks are beautiful to watch but like many other things in life, are only for adults to handle. At Alamo Fireworks, we want all our customers young and old to always be safe when using our products and that starts with teaching firework safety to kids.