Enjoy Fireworks Safely

February 12th, 2013 posted by Family Corner Staff

fireworks Tips for Celebrating on the Fourth From the National Council on Fireworks Safety People everywhere are fascinated by fireworks — by the mystery and splendor that light the night sky or turn a backyard into a festival of light and sound. Like nothing else, fireworks can excite, thrill and amaze us. But as dazzling as fireworks can be, they can also be harmful if used improperly. The National Council on Fireworks Safety (NCFS) urges you to put safety first when celebrating this Fourth of July. Legal fireworks are safer than ever, in part because of stringent federal safety standards enacted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1976. The incidence of fireworks-related injuries has dropped dramatically during the past 10 years, according to Ann Crampton, executive director of the NCFS. But she says it can be cut further by following a few simple guidelines. “Only use legal fireworks,” she says. “The key, of course, is being able to recognize what’s legal and what’s not. Legal fireworks conform to the standards. Illegal ones often don’t.” The Consumer Product Safety Commission requires that legal fireworks show the name of the item, the name of the manufacturer or distributor and easy-to-read cautionary labeling and instructions for proper use. Currently, 32 states, plus the District of Columbia, allow the use of some or all types of consumer fireworks. “Commonly used fireworks include cones, fountains, and sparklers,” Ms. Crampton says. “Before setting off any fireworks, contact your local police or fire department to make sure fireworks are allowed in your area.” Illegal devices include M80s, M100s and silver salutes. They have been federally banned since 1966 because of the large amounts of illegal explosives they contain. “Don’t confuse these items with legal, consumer fireworks. Illegal devices will usually be unlabeled, will not bear a caution statement and will not list the manufacturer’s name,” cautioned Ms. Crampton. “Illegal explosive devices are extremely dangerous and can cause serious injuries. If you find any illegal items, or know of anyone selling them, contact the police immediately.” If you choose to use consumer fireworks to celebrate this year’s Fourth of July festivities, remember the following safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety: *A responsible adult should supervise all fireworks activities. *Never give fireworks to young children. *Always purchase fireworks from reliable sources. *Follow label directions carefully. *Never point or throw fireworks at another person. *Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings and vehicles. *Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them in metal or glass containers. *Light them one at a time then move back quickly. *Don’t experiment with homemade fireworks. *Observe local laws and use common sense. Sparklers, fountains and other items that many states allow for use by consumers are not appropriate when a large crowd is present. If attending a community display, leave your own fireworks at home — there will be plenty of excitement provided by the display. Don’t miss more crafts, recipes, and other fun activities in our Fourth of July section !

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Kuffner gives us an enormous number of ideas for fun things to do with our children. This is an arts and crafts type of book, and she does something I haven’t seen in other activity books. She spends a chapter telling you how to organize for a toddler. She also provides a list of items to buy and old household items to save (dried magic markers, for example). The rest of the book is laid out equally well. There are chapters on rainy day play, water play, kitchen activities, outdoor adventures, how to entertain the kids when you’re on errands or travel, nursery rhymes, learning activities, music, arts & crafts, and even birthday/holiday activities. The appendix lists craft recipes, “crazy can” activities, and best toys/books for toddlers. Very comprehensive and varied. (courtesy: Amazon)

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