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Kids have various levels of fear when it comes to fireworks.
Some children’s fears are so extreme that they look like they’re going to have an anxiety attack! Then again, some fireworks are so loud that it really is uncomfortable.
If you have a child that is more on the extreme end, you may want to avoid being outside while you watch fireworks. You can generally find a place close to where the fireworks are and sit in your car to watch. You may have children that want to be outside and some that want to stay in the car. It’s great to take turns with your partner for this. It will show the child inside the car that a lot of people like them.
This may sound a bit extreme but you can use earmuffs! OK, it’s summer and it’s July! But you can go to a sporting goods store and get the earmuffs that are used for rifle practice.
One thing that’s very important is to not belittle your child for being afraid. Just tell them, “Some kids don’t like fireworks and some do.” This doesn’t make them feel bad about themselves or feel different. Don’t try to talk them into it. When they see so many people enjoying them, they eventually come around. It may not be this year but it does happen!
If you have a child with a milder fear but really wants to watch, you could give them some tips ahead of time of what they can do. You could say:
“Some people like to cover their ears with their hands.”
“You could tuck your face into mommy or daddy’s neck and just peek at the fireworks or you could close your eyes too.”
“You could shout, “bang” if it makes a loud sound.”
When children know things that they can do, it gives them some control. Practice some of these things before the fireworks. Make it fun!
One thing that you don’t want to do is go “overboard” in comforting your child. What I mean is don’t draw so much attention to a child with milder fears. Don’t tell everyone that “he’s afraid.” You don’t need to be reinforcing that! Of course you can hold them and provide physical comfort but the less you say the better. Make your own comments out loud about the beautiful colors and wondering what color will come next. Eventually the child that is covering their ears and hiding finally stops! Give it time and have fun!
Well here we are another holiday, and more fun!! cookouts, family time, swimming, beach going all the usual summer time 4th of July activities. Fireworks has to be the favorite of my family, how about yours? How many times as a parent have you worried about your child while you were shooting off fireworks in your neighborhood, or even your yard. Depending on what state you live in or how far you are willing to drive and chance getting caught buying fireworks that are not so legal, depends on how safe you might just be at home or at that neighbors house. I thought a reminder on how dangerous fireworks can be would be in order for today. Because we all need to keep our fingers and hands to eat that summer cookout food, right?
Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks is a group of health and safety organizations, coordinated by NFPA, that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.
Facts & figures
In 2009, fireworks caused an estimated 18,000 reported fires, including 1,300 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in no reported civilian deaths, 30 civilian injuries and $38 million in direct property damage.
In 2009, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,800 people for fireworks related injuries; 53% of 2009 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 42% were to the head.
The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children agres 10-14, with more than twice the risk for the general population.
On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for more than half of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.
VIDEO: A dramatic demonstration of the dangers of consumer fireworks, hosted by the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks (coordinated by NFPA) and the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal's office. This video shows the damage that fireworks could cause a person standing too close to fireworks.
Credit to the NFPA for such great info about fireworks visit webpage here
Summer memories often include lighting sparklers and watching fireworks during 4th of July celebrations, however, hundreds of children are injured by fireworks each summer.
Fireworks can cause serious burn and eye injuries. In 2010, 3,400 children under age 15 were injured by fireworks. Of these injuries, over 70% occurred in the weeks surrounding July 4th.
The safest choice is to leave fireworks to professional use.
Children should never play with or light fireworks or sparklers.
Adults who use fireworks should not use them around children.