HensonFuerst Independence Day Safety Tips

Holiday Safety Tip #1: Beware of Sparklers

The countdown to the Fourth of July holiday weekend has begun! To ensure that everyone has stays safe and healthy, HensonFuerst Attorneys is offering a few suggestions.

Do you know that one-third of fireworks-related injuries to children under age 5 are caused by SPARKLERS?!?  It’s true.  Those seemingly harmless decorations burn at 1,800 degrees or hotter (true!) and spit sparks from molten metals.

In one demonstration by the Roanoke County Fire Marshal, the sparks ignited and burned a dress off a hanger in 30 seconds.

“It’s the extreme temperatures that can make something go really quickly,” said [public education specialist Brian] Clingenpeel.

Experts recommend that if you must have sparklers at your party, make sure they are handled only by responsible adults.

“Our biggest advice would just be to leave the fireworks to the professional.  Go see one of the professional shows.  Enjoy it with your families,” said Clingenpeel.

If you’re going to set off your own fireworks, he recommends keeping a bucket of water nearby and carefully supervising children, especially when it comes to handling sparklers.

Stay safe, everyone!

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