Before you hand your children those sparklers this Fourth of July weekend, remember that—while sparklers and firecrackers are fun to look at—they can burn at more than 1,000°F, have the potential to set fire to clothing, and often cause injuries to both the hands and face. Children are at a greater risk of injury because of their excitement and curiosity. If you purchase sparklers for children, follow these guidelines from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
- Obey the local laws, and use common sense.
- Always read and follow instructions. Always have an adult present.
- Keep burning sparklers away from clothing and flammable objects.
- Use sparklers only outdoors, away from buildings and vehicles.
- Light only one sparkler at a time.
- Alcohol, fireworks and sparklers do not mix. Be responsible.
- Do not point or throw sparklers at another person.
- Children under the age of 12 should not handle sparklers.
- When finished, place used sparklers in a bucket of water.