Sparklers are still one of the most common causes of fireworks injuries on Bonfire Night alongside Rockets and this is mainly due to people underestimating the dangers of them, resulting in server burns and scaring for life.
Sparklers are Fireworks, basically a metal rod with a coating that when lit, will burns and give off sparks and therefore just like all other fireworks must be used with extreme care. A sparkler can reach temperatures of 20 times the boiling point of water and your holding that in your hand! Importantly Sparklers also remain very hot after the sparks have finished as it’s a still is a metal rod that has just been heated up to extremely high temperatures, so it will take a long time to cool down.
You might think its just people being health and safety mad, but the experts such as The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, all agree that you should NOT give sparklers to children Under 5, even if you are with them. The reason for this is they are too young to hold them safely and don’t understand why they might be dangerous, no matter how careful and how much you explain it to them.
Over 500 children under 16 are rushed to A&E in the four weeks surrounding bonfire night, with the most common injuries being too hands then followed by the eyes and face.
Don’t forget its not being boring by not letting your little one have sparklers and if it’s a tossup between your pre-schooler having a small tantrum, or being sad as they feel they are missing out by not having a Sparkler compare to keeping them safe - Then it’s always worth picking safety first!
You can of course use and enjoy Sparklers safely and to help we have put together our Top 12 Safety Tips for you:
Accident do happen on Bonfire Night and the best thing is to always act quickly. To do that you need to know what you should do in an emergency, so here are a few Tips on what you should do immediately:
Injury figures support the advice that the safest place to enjoy fireworks is at a large public display, as far fewer people are injured here than at smaller family or private parties. If you would rather attend a local organised Firework Display, then Click Here to see our Handy Guide to where is hosting Bonfire and Fireworks Display in West Wales this year.