I wish you and your families a safe and happy 4th of July. I hope you get to spend it eating delicious food with family and friends while reflecting upon all you are grateful for. I know we will be doing the same.
The 4th of July is also a hugely important seasonal time for the fireworks industry. Many people have fond memories of playing with fireworks as kids. The risk of fireworkds may have been part of their allure and, while most people survived, it seems like everyone knows someone who had some mishap.
I am a lawyer so I am in the risk assessment and advice business. So I am sorry to break it to you but FIREWORKS AND KIDS DON’T MIX! This year, I urge you not to let your kids play with fireworks.
My advice to you is watch fireworks this year with your kids with awe as they blast off in the sky, not in your (or your neighbor or neighbor kid’s) hand until someone burns themself or loses a finger or an eye. Did you know that more than 40 percent of fireworks injuries are to kids under 15 years old? Did you know a sparkler can burn up to 1800 degrees?
Kidsgrowth.com does a great job in outlining the reasons why you shouldn’t let your kids play with fireworks.
Here are some things kids can do instead of playing with fireworks:
Make firework drawings, make paper “fireworks” with strings and throw them, decorate 4th of July cookies, or play in the sprinklers. If they want to make noise, they can make their own drums out of buckets and pans. If they want to see lights, take the out to see the stars somewhere.
Enjoy your weekend!