Just because sparklers are legal, doesn’t mean their safe

(Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Maple Grove Fire Department)

Do people know how hot a sparkler burns? They burn up to 1200 degrees. That is hotter than it takes to bake a cake.

MGFDsparklersEach July 4th thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-14, with more than twice the risk for the general population.

On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. (NFPA)

Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks — devastating burns, other injuries, fires and even death.

Maple Grove Fire-Rescue recommends leaving fireworks to the professionals.

 

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