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Star-spangled sparkler safety

| Jun 23, 2021 | Personal Injury

If you are looking for ways to celebrate the 4th of July in Pennsylvania, your more explosive options are limited. While other states will allow consumers to purchase small display-type fireworks, in Pennsylvania, you are limited to Class C fireworks with no more than 50 milligrams of explosive material.

One of the most popular fireworks for celebrations includes sparklers. Perhaps because of their small size, sparklers are often underestimated when it comes to safety precautions. Despite their size, sparklers can still be dangerous if you are not careful.

Here are some tips to keep your celebrations safe.

No kids allowed

There may be countless videos and pictures of children holding sparklers in their red, white and blue outfits. Giving a young child a sparkler, however, is a recipe for danger.

Small children cannot appreciate the danger that comes with holding something that is on fire and giving off sparks. Even with adult supervision, children are at risk of hurting themselves and others with sparklers.

One at a time, please

To double the fun, it might be tempting to grab another sparkler to wave around. Sparklers are meant to be used one at a time. You should never light or hold more than one at a time.

Dress for the occasion

Fourth of July festivities in Pennsylvania often means celebrating in hot weather. Loose clothing and sandals can make sparklers dangerous. Always wear closed-toed shoes and avoid clothing and hairstyles that could catch fire while holding a sparkler.

Sparklers can be a fun part of your celebration, but remember, they burn very hot. Since sparklers burn at approximately 1,800˚F, severe injuries can happen fast.

After an injury

Unfortunately, for many, the Fourth of July can be a dangerous holiday. Celebrating at night and in unfamiliar parks can increase your chances of a slip or trip accident.

If you are injured, it is essential to talk to an experienced attorney who can help you understand what claims you may have to receive compensation for your injury.