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 nine percent of all fireworks burns and other injuries, are especially likely to injure children.
Fortunately, there are easy sparkler safety do’s and don’ts. Good Housekeeping magazine has 10 sparkler safety tips to keep you and your family safe this Fourth of July and all summer long.
- Sparkler holders should be standing up, not sitting down.
- Wear closed-toe shoes, definitely not flip flops, when you’re handling sparklers.
- Give each child her own individual sparkler and then light it … don’t pass an already lit sparkler.
- Lighting more than one stick at a time can be dangerous.
- Everyone using a sparkler should be at least six feet from one another.
- While it may seem festive to wave a sparkler, that’s a big no-no.
- Sparklers aren’t batons. Never toss or throw them.
- The stick can remain hot long after the flame is gone, so it should be disposed of in a bucket of water.