Sparklers

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Keep sparklers in safe hands


Sparklers, like other fireworks, must be used with care. They can get 6 times as hot as a pan of cooking oil and sparkler injuries have been on the increase. It makes sense to keep sparklers in safe hands.

Safety with sparklers

  • Store sparklers and other fireworks in a closed box in a cool, dry place.
  • Always light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
  • Never hold a baby or child if you have a sparkler in your hand.
  • Plunge finished sparklers hot end down into a bucket of water as soon as they have burnt out. They can stay hot for a long time.
  • Don't take sparklers to public displays. It will be too crowded to use them safely.

Children and sparklers

  • Never give sparklers to the under 5s - they will not understand how to use them safely.
  • Always supervise children using sparklers.
  • Give children gloves to wear when holding sparklers.
  • Avoid dressing children in loose or flowing clothes - they may catch light.
  • Show children how to hold sparklers - away from their body and at arm's length.
  • Teach children not to wave sparklers near anyone else or run while holding them.

In an emergency

  • Cool the burn or scald with cold water for at least 10 minutes.
  • Cut around material sticking to the skin - don't pull it off.
  • Don't touch the burn or burst any blisters.
  • Cover the burn with clean, non-fluffy material - cling film is ideal - to prevent infection.
  • If clothing catches fire, get the person to stop, drop to the floor and roll them in heavy material like a curtain.
  • Get advice from your doctor or accident and emergency department at your local hospital.
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