For many people, it’s not Fourth of July without sparklers. While sparklers don’t pose the same dangers as fireworks, sparkler safety is still something you’ll want to keep in mind. That’s because the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that sparklers can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit–that’s as hot as a blow torch! Sparklers, which cause 19% of all fireworks burns and other injuries, are especially likely to injure children.
Fortunately, there are easy sparkler safety do’s and don’ts. Baker Insurance Inc. presents you with 10 sparkler safety tips to keep you and your family safe this Fourth of July and all summer long.
We don’t want to be complete party poopers. Sparklers can be fun and interactive when used appropriately with A LOT of supervision. Common sense, maybe, but often not followed.
1. Never leave children on their own with sparklers.
2. Have an adult light them with appropriate long handled lighter.
3. Don’t put them in the hands of anyone who is intoxicated.
4. Never light more than one sparkler at a time. Putting them together creates a risk of a flare-up that kids are not expecting. Many burns to the face occur this way.
5. Make sure kids or other users are not wearing loose flammable clothing that can easily get in the way or caught on the sparkler sticks (think scarves, flowing dresses, floppy hats.)
6. Monitor how many children are using in one area. Spread them out or assign a spot for each of them. Young children are not good at paying attention to their surroundings and are at risk of injury often not from the sparkler they’re holding, but from others.
7. Secure long hair in a ponytail. Really long hair is best in a bun or braided.
8. Keep sparklers far away from other fireworks. They are hot enough to ignite them unexpectedly.
9. Have a bucket of water ready and instruct everyone to put used sparklers immediately into the bucket when done. This prevents injuries from stepping on used sticks or from mistaking a used hot sparkler for a new one.
10. Discard appropriately. Soak used sparklers for at least 20 minutes before discarding in outdoor trash.
Have fun this fourth of July, and stay tuned tomorrow for the big one! Fireworks safety!