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Fireworks Tips For A Safe 4th Of July Holiday!

The 4th of July is a beloved American holiday! We generally spend this holiday with family and friends, having a picnic, a pool party or setting off fireworks at home. However, firework shows can sometimes lead to fire or injuries. Here at Great Outdoors Pediatric Dentistry, we want to make sure that your 4th of July holiday is a safe one.

Safety Tips For Fireworks

Below are a few simple ways to make sure your fireworks display is fun and safe:

  • The best way to be safe is to go to a professional fireworks display. Leaving it to the professionals is the best way to avoid injury! Consider avoiding an at-home fireworks celebration this year.
  • If you do decide to have fireworks at home, never let children handle fireworks – even sparklers (which can reach temperatures of around 2,000 degrees).
  • Know and observe all of New Hampshire’s laws regarding fireworks.
  • Never leave children alone with fireworks.
  • Offer fun firework alternatives to children, such as confetti poppers or glow sticks.
  • Have a hose or a water bucket nearby in case of a fire.
  • Wear gloves and safety goggles when lighting any fireworks.
  • Never point fireworks at anyone
  • Do not re-light fireworks and use caution when picking up spent fireworks.
  • Thoroughly douse used fireworks in water before disposing of them in outdoor garbage cans.

What To Do In Case Of Burns

Accidents sometimes happen, even when you’re using caution and following the rules. Below is a list of things to do if any burns or injuries do occur:

  • If you encounter a serious injury that you don’t know how to handle, call 911 immediately.
  • In case of more minor burns, cool immediately with lukewarm (not cold) water to stop the burning process.
  • Remove clothing or jewelry from the burned area.
  • Cover the area with a clean, dry cloth or loose bandages.

For more tips on how to stay safe, or to make an appointment for your child at our office, please contact Great Outdoors Pediatric Dentistry, located in Dover, New Hampshire!

From all of us in the office, have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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