Sparkler Safety Tips
- Follow your local laws. Make sure your sparkler purchase is legal and safe by brushing up on your local laws.
- Watch where you wave. As festive as it feels, waving a sparkler can send sparks flying where they don’t belong.
- Supervise children. Children under the age of 12 should always have adult supervision to prevent injuries.
- Dress appropriately. Nothing makes a party fizzle like an accidental burn or singed T-shirt. Rock your favorite close-toed shoes and avoid loose clothing to help avoid mishaps
- Use one sparkler at a time. Leave the large firework displays to the pros – light each stick individually to keep your sparkly celebration under control.
- Keep your distance. By now, you are an experienced social distancer. Channel that skill and stay at least 6 feet away from anybody with a sparkler. Avoid passing lit sparklers from one person to another, and resist the urge to try anything flashy like running with or tossing sparklers.
- Dispose of sparklers properly. A sparkler stick can retain heat – and pose a fire risk – even after it burns out. Soak all used and unused sparklers in water and then throw them away in a metal container. This will prevent the sparklers from burning other garbage.
- Keep water close. Summon your inner firefighter and keep a source of water handy in case of an emergency.
- Never relight sparklers. Don’t be a “dud” – dispose of dud sparklers in a bucket of water. Attempting to reignite them can create a dangerous situation.
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