Tonight, like many Americans across the country, we’ll be letting the kids stay up late to watch fireworks! I remember going to see fireworks when I was younger and it was always one of the highlights of my summer.

But, fireworks tend to freak me out a bit, especially those sparklers.

Fireworks Safety Tips for Kids

Fireworks Safety Tips for Kids

1. Watch those sparklers! Little arms can be too short to hold sparklers. Slip the sparkler in a plastic cup to keep little hands protected. Want to skip the sparklers all together? Use glow sticks! I picked up some cute flag glow sticks at the dollar store this year.

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2. Be prepared. Always have a bucket of water nearby whether you are setting of fireworks or using sparklers.

3. Have a plan.  If you are you attending a large firework display, think ahead. Bring some comfy blankets and pillows so everyone is comfortable while watching the fireworks. You may even want to bring a lovey in case someone gets a little scared.

4. Bring earplugs or headphones. Little ears can be sensitive to the loud noises. Have some earplugs to block the noise. Or have your child wear headphones and play some soothing or patriotic music.

5. Keep your distance. As much fun as it is to be close to the action, when you have young children you want to watch from a distance. We usually park in a nearby parking lot that has a great view of the displays. This cuts down on the noise and smoke.

6. Have fun! Make a game out of the watching fireworks. We love to guess which color is coming next. The kids always get excited when they guess right!

As always, use fireworks at your own risk. Fire is dangerous is any form.

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