How to Use Sparkler Hand-Held Fireworks Safely

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At the cores of lit sparklers—those magical, glittery hand-held fireworks—the temperature can get as high as 1800 degrees F! Since a third-degree burn can be caused by temperatures as low as 220 degrees F, you can understand why it’s so important for children (and adults) to use sparklers safely.

  • Dress appropriately. Avoid long, flowing skirts or dangling shirt sleeves that extend beyond the wrist. Avoid clothing made of highly flammable materials, such as rayon. Pull long hair back into a clip or ponytail. And consider gloves, especially for children.

  • Designate a specific area to use sparkler hand-held fireworks safely. On concrete is best, away from dry grass, bushes or any thick vegetation. Take care to unclutter the area of any highly flammable materials, such as cardboard boxes or newspapers.

  • Fill a big glass bowl or metal bucket with water for discarded sparklers. They stay hot for some time after going out, and the last thing you want is someone to step on them with bare feet. Of course, you should also make sure everyone is wearing shoes.

  • Light sparklers for children. Just because it’s a special occasion doesn’t mean a child should be using matches or lighters.

  • Do not try and relight a sparkler if it malfunctions. Set it in the water and light another one.

Tips & Warnings

  • Explain carefully to children how to use sparkler hand-held fireworks safely. Be sure to stress that they should never stick a sparkler in someone’s face or chase one another with them. Anyone caught doing so should lose sparkler privileges.

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