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How Dangerous is a Sparkler?

Be Safe this
Fourth of July
Fireworks

 

Nothing says 4th of July like fireworks. The beautiful bursts of color in the night sky brings a special thrill, but the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. Two hundred people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Even seemingly innocent sparklers, can heat up to 1,200 degrees, causing
severe burns.

Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department doesn't advocate the use of fire works by individuals.  But, if you do use fireworks, keep this July 4th safe by checking out the safety facts on fireworks and sparklers. 

 
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FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS
 

Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home.  Instead attend public fireworks displays, such as the one being promoted by the City of Titusville at Sand Point Park, starting at 7 p.m. with live music and fireworks over the Indian River at 9:15 p.m.

Be Extra Careful with Sparklers
Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees.  Instead, let your young children waive around glow sticks.  They can be just as much fun but they don't burn at temperatures hot enough to melt glass.

Take Necessary Precautions
Don't wear loose clothing while using fireworks. Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass or inside of vehicles.  Point fireworks away from humans, pets and homes and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances. Alcohol and fireworks together are potentially disastrous--don't drink if you plan on using fireworks.

Be Prepared for Accidents/Injuries

Stand several feet away from lit fireworks.  If a device doesn't go off, do not stand over it to investigate--it may detonate or ignite unexpectedly and your face and upper body would take the brunt of the damage.  Instead, put it out with water and properly dispose of it.
Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby.  Know how to operate the extinguisher properly.




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