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Updated 05 November 2013

Guys, sparklers can get red-hot!

They sparkle and shine, and look like lots of harmless fun – but they can get six times as hot as a pan of cooking oil. Be aware of sparkler injuries this Guy Fawkes Day.

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They sparkle and shine, and look like lots of harmless fun – but they can get six times as hot as a pan of cooking oil. Be aware of sparkler injuries this Guy Fawkes Day.

UK Firework Safety compiled the following sparkler safety tips:

  • 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.


Source: UK Firework Safety


(Photo of child with sparkler from Shutterstock)

 
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