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Red-hot sparklers!

They sparkle and shine, and look like lots of harmless fun – but be aware of sparkler injuries this Guy Fawkes Day.

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Article originally in Health24

UK Firework Safety compiled the following sparkler safety tips:

  • Store sparklers and other fireworks in a closed box in a cool, dry place;
  • Always light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves;
  • Never hold a baby or child if you have a sparkler in your hand;
  • Plunge finished sparklers hot end down into a bucket of water as soon as they have burnt out
  • They can stay hot for a long time;
  • Don't take sparklers to public displays. It will be too crowded to use them safely.

Children and sparklers:

  • Never give sparklers to the under 5s - they will not understand how to use them safely;
  • Always supervise children using sparklers;
  • Give children gloves to wear when holding sparklers;
  • Avoid dressing children in loose or flowing clothes - they may catch light;
  • Show children how to hold sparklers - away from their body and at arm's length;
  • Teach children not to wave sparklers near anyone else or run while holding them.

In an emergency:

  • Cool the burn or scald with cold water for at least 10 minutes.
    Cut around material sticking to the skin - don't pull it off;
  • Don't touch the burn or burst any blisters;
  • Cover the burn with clean, non-fluffy material - cling film is ideal - to prevent infection;
  • If clothing catches fire, get the person to stop, drop to the floor and roll them in heavy material like a curtain;
  • Get advice from your doctor or accident and emergency department at your local hospital.


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2015-07-31 08:27

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