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Posted on: July 2, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 4th of July Safety


Sparklers may seem relatively harmless, as fireworks go. But nearly half of fireworks injuries to children under age 5 are related to sparklers. Surprising? Consider this:

  • Sparklers burn at extremely high heat: 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals.

  • Sparks can ignite clothing on fire and cause eye injuries.

  • Touching a lit sparkler to the skin can result in third-degree burns.

There were about 900 emergency department-treated injuries associated with sparklers in 2020. Roughly 1,600 more injuries were related to firecrackers, 600 to Roman candles, and 600 more to bottle rockets and other rockets.

Nylon and synthetic materials are highly combustible, all-cotton clothing materials are less apt to accidentally catch fire.  Be extremely careful, especially around children. Have a fun and safe holiday.

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