Sparkler safety

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Sparklers are often viewed as being harmless, but they do burn at fierce temperatures. Sparklers should not be given to anyone under the age of 5. To a young child, the heat from a sparkler is equivalent to the heat from a welding torch.

Safety rules for sparklers

  1. Never give them to young children under 5.
  2. Always wear gloves with sparklers, preferably leather ones.
  3. Hold it at arm's length while an adult lights it for you.
  4. Never wave it about near someone else as you could burn them.
  5. Never hold a baby in your arms when you are holding a sparkler.
  6. When the sparkler has finished, put it into a bucket of cold water straight away and leave it there.

RoSPA Guide to firework safety, Safety Education, Autumn/Winter 1995

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