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
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.