Sparklers Are NOT Safe for Children

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 27-Jun-2017

As the Fourth of July approaches, many families are getting excited for barbecues and fireworks. Although fireworks are illegal except in fire-department approved displays, sparklers are not banned. A number of parents parents mistakenly consider sparklers to be safer than fireworks, but sparklers account for more injuries than any other kind of firework, according to this report by the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Sparklers burn at upwards of 1800°F. Use caution and supervision of children when handling them. Consider the following safety tips when using sparklers during the upcoming holiday:

  • Only light one sparkler at a time. When lit sparklers get too close together, they can flare up or explode and possibly cause serious burns. Only light one sparkler at a time and keep it at least six feet away from other sparklers and other people.
  • Stay away from crowds. Exercising proper safety precautions is more difficult in more crowded conditions, such as crowds of people watching a fireworks display. If you’re planning to be in a crowded area, leave the sparklers at home.
  • Do not let go of a lit sparkler. Do not pass or throw a lit sparkler. When lighting a sparkler for someone else, have them hold it while you light it.
  • Supervise children. Teach children these tips before giving them sparklers and supervise them closely while they are holding lit sparklers. Don’t give sparklers to children under five years old.
  • Stay sober. If your plans include intoxication, don’t use sparklers.
  • Keep away from other flammable things. Try to minimize the risk of setting yourself on fire by paying attention to your clothing. Baggy clothing is dangerous around sparklers. Stay standing while holding sparklers to avoid setting dry plant matter on fire. Tie back long hair to keep it away from the flame. Hold sparklers an arm’s length away from the body at all times.
  • Wear protective gloves. Having protective gloves on while holding a sparkler can help prevent hand burns.
  • Don’t step on spent sparklers. Many burns are caused by stepping on sparklers that have gone out. Instead of stepping on them, drop used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of water.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries during the Fourth of July, the Washington DC personal injury attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help you explore possible legal options.

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