The breathtaking and beautiful summers in Kentucky always present a number of opportunities to celebrate and enjoy time with friends and family, and fireworks are often a fun and exciting staple of this season’s celebrations. Sparklers are a perennial favorite for revelers across the Bluegrass State, and though these miniature visual delights are entertaining, they can also cause serious burn injuries if not handled with care.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 16 percent of all fireworks-related injuries are caused by sparklers burning hands and legs, with the majority occurring to small children. Sparklers can reach 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, which astonishingly is hot enough to melt gold, so it is imperative that not only adults learn how to safely handle these mini fireworks, but that parents and child caregivers teach children how to safely use sparklers in order to prevent a child injury in Kentucky.
In honor of National Fireworks Safety Month in June, the following are sparkler safety tips that can help protect your family this summer season:
- If allowing your child to hold a sparkler, adult supervision should always be provided. Instruct your children to hold sparklers away from their body at arm’s length, and teach them to not wave sparklers or run with them in hand.
- Sparkler users should always remain standing, and should never hold a child in their arm’s while a sparkler is lit. Also, no more than one sparkler should be held or lit at one time.
- In order to prevent an eye or burn injury, sparklers should never be thrown, and when handing another person a sparkler, give it to them unlit. In addition, stand at least six feet away from anyone using sparklers.
- A sparkler wire and stick may remain very hot even after the flame has gone out, so drop used sparklers in a bucket of water before handling and disposing of them.
- Lastly, sparkler users should wear closed toe shoes. Hot sparks and bare feet can lead to a very painful injury!
These sparkler safety tips can help prevent injury to your family and loved ones, and can help keep your summer safe, fun, and harm-free. The negligence of another party, however, may still cause a dangerous fireworks-related burn injury if proper safety precautions aren’t taken.
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