Like all other types of fireworks, using sparklers in a safe manner requires that you observe some very simple safety precautions. Sparkler safety is mainly common sense, but there are also a few things that many people take for granted because of the misconception that sparklers are lowest on the totem pole of fireworks. On the contrary, the vast majority of fireworks-related injuries are due to the mishandling of sparklers; especially among children. However, as long as you practice good safety procedures and exercise the proper amount of supervision, everyone can enjoy the use of sparklers without fear of injury or incident, regardless of age.
Sparkler Buying Tips
Though many people overlook this fact, one of the most important elements to having a safe experience when you use sparklers is to buy a reputable brand from a reputable company. No matter how good the deal seems, buying cheap sparklers is almost certain to “backfire” on you. Inexpensive sparklers are usually very low quality, which means they will smoke and crumble as they burn. When sparklers perform in such a low quality fashion, they are an instant fire hazard and create countless safety concerns; even when being used in a “safe” manner.
Basic Fireworks Safety Tips
No matter what type of fireworks you are planning to use, there are some over-arching safety tips to keep in mind. By practicing these common sense safety tips, you set yourself up for the safest experience possible with your fireworks.
- Always read the instructions on the label of your firework and follow them precisely.
- Always have an adult supervising the use of any fireworks.
- No children under the age of 8 should ever discharge fireworks; even with adult supervision.
- Always store your unused fireworks in a cool and dry location. Fireworks will stay good for several years when stored in a cool, dry place.
- Never, under any circumstances, point or throw fireworks at yourself or other people.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket or other articles of clothing.
- Never put lit fireworks into glass or plastic containers; especially if they are being discharged.
Sparkler Safety Tips
- Exercise common sense, and always learn and obey the local laws.
- Always read and follow instructions, and always have an adult supervising.
- Keep sparklers away from any clothing and flammable objects while they are lit.
- Only use sparklers outdoors, away from buildings and vehicles.
- Only light one sparkler at a time, no matter what size they are.
- Combining alcohol, fireworks and sparklers is dangerous. Always be responsible.
- Never point or throw sparklers at another person or yourself.
- Children under the age of 12 should not handle sparklers, even under adult supervision.
- When the sparklers go out, place them in a bucket of water to ensure they are extinguished.
As long as you remember to treat your sparklers like the potentially hazardous items that they are, you shouldn’t have any real problems while using them. Most problems arise when the user fails to respect their sparklers, but as long as proper safety precautions are taken they are 100% safe to use.