The Fourth of July is a time for celebration across the country, and fireworks are a crowd favorite each year. Safe Kids Georgia reminds parents that while fireworks can be fun to watch, they also can be dangerous, especially around kids, so whenever possible, leave the firework displays to the professionals.

Fireworks, including sparklers and flares, can cause serious burns as well as blast injuries that can permanently impair vision and hearing. In 2013, an estimated 649 children ages 19 and under had injuries involving fireworks that resulted in trips to the emergency room.

Safe Kids Georgia recommends the following top tips to keep kids safe around fireworks.

  • Leave Fireworks to the Professionals – Attend some of the great firework displays in your area.
  • Be Extra Careful With Sparklers – Sparklers can heat up to 1,200 degrees.  Instead of using sparklers let your young kids use glow sticks.  They are just as fun and wont cause serious burns.
  • Take Necessary Precautions – Do not wear loose fitting clothing while using fireworks.  Point fireworks away from homes, buildings, brush, leaves or any flammable substances.
  • Be Prepared for an Accident or Injury – If the firework does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate, instead put it out with water and dispose of it.  Always have a bucket of water with you.  If a child is injured, immediately go to the doctor or hospital.

Even though it is now legal in the State of Georgia for anyone 18 years of age or older to purchase and possess consumer fireworks on July 3rd and July 4th, you should not be setting them off within our apartment community as it is a serious violation of your lease agreement.

Stay safe this 4th and enjoy the celebrations.