New Year's Eve: How to Keep Your Children Safe

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Ringing in the New Year with a bang, that's what we all want. But even more importantly, we want to welcome 2024 unscathed. During New Year's Eve, we set off quite a bit of fireworks in the Netherlands. Of course, this is a spectacle your children would love to see, but how do you keep them safe? We'll help you out so that you can start 2024 with your children in full health.

Fireworks: What Are the Risks?

Fireworks cause combustion through gunpowder, resulting in an explosion or reaction. Fireworks come with several risks. Flying debris can hit someone, especially our eyes are vulnerable. Additionally, the loud noise can damage hearing. That's something you definitely want to prevent.

8 Tips for a Safe New Year's Eve

Even in 2024, you want your children to enjoy life in full health. Fortunately, as a parent, you can do a lot to prevent firework-related injuries for your little ones while they fully enjoy New Year's Eve.

  1. Ignite fireworks safely. Always follow the instructions. Use a fuse and never ignite fireworks a second time. Leave residues on the ground.
  2. Maintain a safe distance from the fireworks. The Dutch government recommends staying 8 meters away from ignited fireworks. Be especially alert as a bystander. Keep an eye on where fireworks are being ignited.
  3. Attend a fireworks display. Here, fireworks are ignited professionally. This way, you can enjoy its splendor while staying safe.
  4. Wear fireworks glasses and hearing protection. Not every child likes wearing such glasses or earplugs, but they're essential for safety. This way, your child's eyes and ears remain protected. Also, be mindful of the clothing your child wears. Some fabrics are more flammable and therefore riskier. Additionally, consider hoods or pockets where fireworks could land.
  5. Make clear agreements with your children. Explain why safety is crucial and make them aware of potential dangers. If necessary, ignite fireworks together with your child so that you're always nearby.
  6. Keep fireworks out of reach of children. You know how it goes, enjoying fireworks together at home. Your little adventurers are constantly exploring. Before you know it, they've found your stored fireworks. Of course, it's not intended for them to play with them. Therefore, place them somewhere inaccessible.
  7. Do something else during New Year's Eve. Fireworks aren't for everyone. Perhaps you and your children aren't fans either. Whether you like fireworks or not, you can easily do something with your children that doesn't involve fireworks. Play a game or engage with toys; the options are endless.
  8. Create an emergency plan. Suppose something happens, you want to know what's best to do. Children learn quickly; perhaps you can already discuss with your children what they should do if something happens.

A Safe and Happy New Year

With these tips, a safe New Year's Eve is much closer. We wish you and your family a wonderful New Year's Eve and a healthy 2024.

How will you celebrate New Year's Eve with your children?

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