6 sparkler safety tips
Sparklers are sometimes considered a less dangerous alternative to larger explosives, when in fact they account for the majority of fireworks injuries. They burn at a temperature of 2000 degrees or more (the heat of a blow torch), so they can cause mild to severe burns if not handled with care.
To minimize the risk of burns, follow these safety tips for sparklers:
- Never sit down while using sparklers. Always remain standing.
- Never hold your child or anything flammable in your arms while using sparklers.
- Only light one sparkler at a time, never more.
- Do not throw sparklers.
- If a sparkler goes out, the wire and stick will remain hot long after use. Have water on hand to cool the sparkler in.
- Never wave or run with sparklers.