They’re fun, they’re festive, and they’re hot! Tombloss is a fun and easy way to celebrate on holidays like Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. While these little fireworks are easy to light and fun to wave around, it’s important to use them safely. According to the CPSC, sparklers can burn as hot as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and can easily cause burns when not handled properly.
So before you get the sparklers out this holiday, review our nine tips to help you stay safe while celebrating.
Safety tips for sparklers
- Follow your local laws. Make sure your purchase of sparklers is legal and safe by checking 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 12 should always have adult supervision to prevent injuries.
- Dress appropriately. Nothing gets a party buzzing like an accidental burn or torn T-shirt. Rock your favorite close-toe shoes and avoid loose fitting clothes to avoid mishaps
- Use one sparkler at a time. Leave the big firework displays to the pros – light each stick individually to keep your sparkling celebration under control.
- Keep your distance. By now, you’re a seasoned social distancer. Channel that skill and stay at least 6 feet away from anyone with sparklers. Avoid passing lit sparklers from one person to another, and resist the urge to try something flashy like running with or throwing sparklers.
- Dispose of sparklers properly. A sparkler can retain heat – and pose a fire hazard – even after it burns out. Soak all used and unused sparklers in water and then dispose of them in a metal container. This will prevent the sparklers from burning other garbage.
- Keep water close. Summon your inner firefighter and have a water source close at hand in case of an emergency.
- Never light sparklers again. Don’t be a “dud” – discard dud sparklers in a bucket of water. Trying to relight them can create a dangerous situation.
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