Sparkle Safely: Firework Safety Tips for Young Children

Sparkle Safely: Firework Safety Tips for Young Children

Summertime is right around the corner and with summer comes trips to the beach, long days at the pool, backyard barbeques, and fireworks! We see a big increase in the use of fireworks during summer holiday celebrations and small gatherings. While fireworks are exciting, it’s important to maintain strict firework safety protocols especially if young children are going to be taking part in the festivities. In this blog, we’ll go over some safety tips to make sure your little ones experience all the fun of fireworks without any injuries!

Supervision is Key

The most important rule for young children and fireworks is to never allow young children to handle fireworks unsupervised. Even seemingly harmless sparklers can reach temperatures exceeding 1000°F (537°C), posing a significant burn risk. Always have a responsible adult present to oversee any firework activities.

Choose Age-Appropriate Fireworks

Opt for fireworks specifically designed for children if you plan to include them in the festivities. These typically include items such as sparklers, glow worms, or novelty items that produce minimal noise and are less likely to cause injury. Avoid fireworks that are too powerful or complex for children to handle safely.

Don’t Get Distracted

It’s important to limit distractions and anything that can affect your focus and judgement when handling fireworks, but especially if you’re handling fireworks with children around. Have a designated photo taker for fireworks if you plan to grab a few shots of your little one so you can focus on making sure they are handling their fireworks safely and will have your hands free to jump in if there’s an emergency.

Establish a Safe Distance

Set up a designated viewing area at a safe distance from where fireworks are being ignited. Keep young children a considerable distance away from the fireworks display to prevent accidental burns or injuries from debris.

Proper Handling

Teach children how to handle fireworks safely before the excitement of having a lit firework in their hand. Instruct them to hold sparklers at arm’s length and away from their body, ensuring they never point them at themselves or others. Remind them not to run or play while holding lit fireworks.

Water and Fire Extinguishers

Have a bucket of water or a hose nearby to douse spent fireworks or extinguish any unexpected fires. It’s also wise to keep a fire extinguisher on hand in case of emergencies, especially if you are handling larger or more elaborate fireworks.

Protective Gear

Outfit children with appropriate safety gear, including protective eyewear and closed-toe shoes. This can help shield their eyes from sparks and prevent burns on their feet.


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