A longstanding tradition, fireworks are set off annually in celebration of Independence Day. Many Americans love the festive, colorful bursts but others — including some people with disabilities like autism, PTSD and sensory-processing disorder — dread the sights and sounds that burst on the 4th of July. Here’s how to prepare people with disabilities for Independence Day fireworks.
5 Tips to Prepare for Independence Day Fireworks
Routines help to provide the framework for one’s day. And, for those who need to avoid overstimulation and/or minimize sensory experiences, routines allow one to lessen anxiety. For autistics and people with other special needs, a change in routine can be especially troublesome. Plan to:
Safety Tips to Prepare People of All Abilities for Fireworks
Aside from triggering people with autism, PTSD and sensory issues, fireworks can also be extremely dangerous for people of all abilities. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association reports that emergency rooms treat roughly 13,000 people for firework-related injuries each year, including burns on the hands, fingers, head, face, legs and eyes. These burns can range from mild to severe — and can be debilitating or life-threatening.
To avoid the risk of debilitating injury, note that:
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