Many families like to celebrate New Year's Eve with sparklers -- if your family is going to be celebrating with...
Many families like to celebrate New Year's Eve with sparklers -- if your family is going to be celebrating with sparklers or small fireworks than it's important to be safe. sparkler-safety.jpgThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notes that each year around 16% of firework injuries aren't caused by big fireworks, but by sparklers. The majority of sparkler injuries occur in children such as hand and leg burns. Children five years and younger are at the most risk with around 1/3 of all firework injuries to this age group being sparkler related. This year, you and your family may be considering sparklers to ring in the New Year. If you have a toddler in the family this can be dangerous and even more so if you also have a baby. If your eyes are on your baby you may not be able to keep a close eye completely on your toddler. If you have a little who will be using a sparkler the best advice is one adult per child. The National Council on Fireworks Safety notes that the majority of sparkler injuries occur because small children are simply not being closely watched. With a baby around, your toddler may get over-excited and want to show your baby the sparkler (with lots of waving involved) watch out for this. According to the The National Council on Fireworks Safety these are the best tips to follow in order to have a safe New Year's and safe sparkler use. 
  • "Children under the age of 12 should not use sparklers without very close adult supervision.
  • Always remain standing while using sparklers.
  • Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
  • Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
  • Sparklers and bare feet can be a painful combination. Always wear closed-toe shoes when using sparklers.
  • Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be sure to drop the spent sparklers directly in a bucket of water.
  • Never hand a lighted sparkler to another person. Give them the unlit sparkler and then light it.
  • Always stand at least 6 feet from another person while using sparklers.
  • Never throw sparklers.
  • Show children how to hold sparklers away from their body and at arm's length.
  • Teach children not to wave sparklers, especially wooden stick sparklers, or run while holding sparklers."
Follow all of the above to have a safe and fun New Year's with your children. Source: National Council on Fireworks Safety

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