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Fireworks safety: How to celebrate safely

As Fourth of July celebrations begin, many families might be considering celebrating the holiday with at-home fireworks. They are a tradition after all!

Are fireworks safe?

Although fireworks look beautiful, they can also cause serious burn and eye injuries in kids and adults. The safest approach to fireworks is to leave them to professionals. Watch firework displays from a safe distance away.

For those who still plan to set off fireworks at home, establishing a perimeter is important to keep children safely at a distance. Matches, lighters, and fireworks should be kept out of reach of children. Only a responsible adult should light fireworks.

Sparklers can seem harmless, but they can burn at over 1200 degrees – they’re hot! Supervise children closely if they are holding sparklers. Teach them to keep sparklers away from their faces, clothes, and hair, and only use them outdoors. Give children glowsticks instead of sparklers to prevent potential injuries.

Boy wearing American flag print shirt and glasses uses a sparkler

Safe ways to celebrate the Fourth of July

There are many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July that don’t involve fireworks. You can try out some art projects at home or even science experiments. These activities allow you to keep your kids safe without sacrificing any of the fun.

What to do if an injury happens

If your child is injured by a firework, immediately go to a hospital or call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.

Emergency and trauma care at Children’s Minnesota

At Children’s Minnesota, we have approximately 90,000 visits to our emergency department each year. Our two emergency departments, located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, are designed to take the best care possible of babies, kids and teenagers.

If you are concerned about whether emergency departments are safe to visit, you can learn more about the extra precautions Children’s Minnesota is taking to keep our emergency departments safe: Children’s Minnesota is open to care for your kids.

Level I pediatric trauma center in Minneapolis

Children’s Minnesota hospital in Minneapolis is the area’s busiest level I pediatric trauma center, staffed by physicians and clinicians around the clock who only care for kids. From the moment they arrive in the emergency department and throughout their course of treatment, injured children have access to specialists and services all focused on providing the best possible outcomes for kids.

Kaitlyn Kamleiter