Travel Tips: Keep your children safe on July 4th

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Fourth of July Fireworks (credit: PRNews Foto)

Fourth of July Fireworks (credit: PRNews Foto)

 

Keep your children safe during your July 4th Florida vacation

Parades, picnics and outdoor parties – they’re all a part of the Independence Day celebration. It’s also a time to be careful, especially when fireworks are involved. Every year, more than 5,000 Americans are sent to the emergency room for firework related injuries and 1/5th of those are eye injuries. If you’re going to light fireworks, please see our firework safety tips. If you’re looking for another way to celebrate, please consider the following family-fun ideas and tips:

Fireworks Safety

If you want your family to experience fireworks this 4th of July, attend a fireworks show where professionals are handling everything and sit back and enjoy it with your family. If you are going to light fireworks in your own backyard, don’t allow children that are under 12 years of age to handle sparklers.

Glow in the dark

If children want to participate in the evening entertainment, buy non-toxic glow-sticks that they can wave around and light up the night with. There are many glow-in-the-dark products, like glow-ropes and glow-jewelry to add variety. You can also purchase glow in the dark paints, glitter and sparkles for kids to decorate their own items such as banners, t-shirts or hats.

 

Face Painting

If your child wants some face painting, purchase hypoallergenic make-up or face paint – it’s hot and children will be apt to wipe their faces. Be sure to read the guidelines for applying product, especially close to the eyes. When removing the face paint at night, it’s best to use cold cream or eye make-up remover rather than soap.

Food Fun

If you’re having a barbecue or picnic, let your children help with the cooking. Give them something red, blue and white, such as strawberries, blueberries, and whipping cream and let them create a star-spangled dessert.

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What are your travel tips that keep your children safe during holidays and celebrations?