Summer Fire Safety Tips from Dover Fire Department Chief Russell Volkert

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.
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