Sparklers or peas or rather no children’s fireworks? | family

Many parents see stars, spinning tops, or flowers as relatively harmless fireworks for children. Is this true? What fireworks are allowed for children, how do we deal with them as parents?

From what age are fireworks allowed?

“The law is clear: Don’t set off fireworks under the age of 12,” says Jeffrey Peters of the Fireworks Lovers’ Association (HVLV). “Only 12-year-olds are allowed to buy and use F1 fireworks. Formula One fireworks include stars, lollipops, fountains and road tolls. Sparkling looks harmless, but it’s very hot. I would urge parents to stick to this age limit, because you You’re really taking a risk.”

Over the past few weeks, an increasing number of children are being taken to a burn center for injuries from F1 fireworks, says the Burns Foundation. “Right now, the TikTok challenge, where kids are challenged to step on fireworks in order to make a louder buzz, is a big risk. If you stomp at the wrong time, a ground flower can burn through your shoe. Kees Hoogewerf of the Burn Foundation said, This leads to serious burns and a scar that can affect you for the rest of your life.

Many young people, in particular, suffer injuries from fireworks

Research conducted by SafetyNL, the knowledge center for injury prevention, shows that at the end of the year from 2021 to 2022, young people were mainly injured by fireworks. 54 percent were under the age of 20 and 17 percent were under the age of 12. They often suffered from burns.

Almost half of the victims did not set off the fireworks themselves, but were bystanders. Research also shows that triggering behaviors, including deliveries, stunting, and neglect, are the leading cause of fireworks injuries.

What do you do if your child is afraid of fireworks? Nu parents have a number of tips.

What about banning fireworks?

For the past two years, fireworks have been banned across the Netherlands due to Corona and the imminent overloads on hospitals. In 2022 there will be no restrictions on fireworks, except for a ban on high-risk types of fireworks. It is related to Class F3 fireworks, including fireworks (pyrotechnics and heavier ones), roman candles, flares, china mats, single shots.

“The ban on high-risk types of fireworks came into effect in 2020. Later, there was a complete ban on fireworks for two years, so we will only see the effects of banning high-risk types of fireworks this year,” says Peters of the Foundation. HVLV.

Most of the victims had burns from pyrotechnics in the so-called F1 class. According to the European Pyro Directive, fireworks are divided into four categories:

Class F1also called “prank and prank fireworks”: fireworks with very little danger;
Class F2also known as “consumer fireworks”: low-risk fireworks;
Class F3: fireworks of medium danger (usually for professional use only);
Class F4Fireworks: Highly dangerous fireworks intended for professional use only.

There are different minimum ages to purchase and fire these fireworks for different categories. F1 from 12 years old, F2 from 16 years old and F3 are exclusively for pyrotechnics professionals from 18 years and over. This requires, among other things, full training as a pyrotechnician.

What kind of fireworks are children allowed to go off?

“I prefer to say: Don’t ever let the children set off fireworks. As parents, set off the fireworks yourselves and let the children watch from behind the window,” Hoogewerf says. “Regardless of the age groups — which aren’t always adhered to — you’re always taking a risk.

When children are setting off fireworks by themselves or with their parents, it’s especially important to take the right precautions and make sure you’re well prepared.”

What does this proper setting look like? The HVLV Foundation wants to tell young fireworks setters and their parents all about this. Through its Safe Celebrations campaign, the Foundation hopes to reduce the number of accidents involving and causing fireworks this year. With a free course that can be followed via an app, you can learn how to fire decorative fireworks safely. Upon completion, participants receive a certificate of completion.

This is how to set off fireworks safely according to the Burns Foundation and the HVLV Foundation:

– Pay attention to safety equipment: wear fireworks goggles, use a fuse and watch your clothes. Avoid wearing flammable fabrics (nylons), jackets with wide pockets, large collars, or hoods. Have children wear hearing protection if necessary;

– adhere to the rules for lighting fireworks: keep a sufficient distance and do not light fireworks while intoxicated;

– stick to the age groups: F1 fireworks from 12 years old, F2 fireworks from 16 years old;

– reduce disturbance to others: think about noise and cleaning up fireworks waste afterwards;

– Be sure to familiarize yourself with illegal fireworks, because this type of fireworks brings the greatest dangers and the most inconvenience. If you stick to the decorative fireworks legally, New Year’s Eve can be celebrated very safely.

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