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Fireworks for kids in age-appropriate ways

2023. 03.08

Safety precautions and adult supervision, kids can take part in 4th of July festivities in age-appropriate ways.PreschoolWhile sparklers have historically been childhood favorites, they aren't safe for use by very young children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that almost 20 percent of firework-related injuries in 2014 were caused by sparklers.

Sparklers are more appropriate for ages 7 and older. "You want to use a sparkler in an open area, and make sure children are spaced at least 10 feet apart so they're not waving them around each other.

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Bang snaps, or poppers, produce a minescule explosion with an audible crack, but don't hurt the skin. For some older preschoolers and elementary-schoolers, these toys have been considered appropriate by some parents if properly supervised.

Elementary and middle school

When it comes to anything that has to be lit, a parent should light the fireworks.

For elementary and middle schoolers, we recommends parent-supervised use of what are sometimes known as "safe and sane" fireworks: fireworks that don't fly or explode.

Examples include snakes, cone fountains, ground-bloom flowers, spinners and other novelty fireworks that don't travel or shoot up in any way. Many of these are often sold in the kid-friendly section of a fireworks store, and in assortment packs that are designed for children.

Everything in those kinds of assortments can be used by children,. But obviously, they need to be used under close adult supervision.

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High school

Once you're in high school, it's important to follow safety rules, follow the instructions,Always shoot in an open area, have a bucket of water handy, be under adult supervision.

From a safety standpoint, older teens can shoot off shells, roman candles and other aerial fireworks safely as long as they're following proper precautions (here's the list again) and are supervised by sober adults.

And, of course, as long as they're doing it in an area where it's legal.

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