Do you love fireworks? I do. The warm summer air, the quality time with family, the sense of community. Nothing feels more like summer than venturing out to the park to watch fireworks. Even though I love fireworks, it’s important to remember that they present more than just a fire hazard, they can also damage your hearing.
According to the National Council on Fireworks Safety, the average adult has a peak hearing level of 140dB. Fireworks range from 150 – 175 dB, which means with each bang and sparkle, you could be hurting your ability to hear. Fireworks have even more of an impact on children. A child’s ear can only take 120 dB before their hearing can be impaired.
Of course, you can still enjoy a fireworks show with your family and friends. I have five helpful tips to protect the ears of everyone:
1. Keep a safe distance
For children that is at least 50 meters, which is just over half the length of a football field.
2. Wear earplugs
If you’re like me and you like to set off your own fireworks, your safest bet is to wear earplugs. They will easily protect your hearing from whizzing, sizzling, and banging of your fireworks.
3. Light one firework at a time then quickly move away
This tip will not only save you from physical harm, it will also protect your hearing. It goes back to tip #1, keep a safe distance. You don’t want to be too close when the explosion takes place.
4. Always have an adult supervise firework activity
Accidents occur in seconds. Children don’t always recognize the dangers around them.
5. Make sure the area is safe for fireworks
Of course, you want to be a safe distance from homes, trees, or anything that may easily catch fire, but you’ll also need to be aware of reverberation. The booms of fireworks can echo at dangerous decibels.
Firework season can be a lot of fun, but remember to be safe. Protect yourself from the sun, the heat, and, as always, from hearing loss.