Dangers of Sparklers

by Michelle Miley

If you ask people what the safest firework is, most will likely say sparklers. While sparklers may be less dangerous than some other types of fireworks, they are not completely free of danger--especially when we hand them to children.

Number of Sparkler Injuries

According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, sparklers were responsible for 700 Independence Day-related injuries in the United States in 2003.

Temperature

A sparkler burns at approximately 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, yet they are often given to small children.

Children Under 15-Years Old

The American Academy of Pediatrics claims that 45 percent of all fireworks-related injuries happen to children under the age of 15.

Sparklers Banned

As of 2005, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island banned all fireworks, including sparklers.

Children Under 5-Years Old

It is estimated that 57 percent of the firework-related injuries suffered by children under the age of 5 are caused by sparklers.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Writing professionally since 2008, Michelle Miley specializes in home and garden topics but frequently pens career, style and marketing pieces. Her essays have been used on college entrance exams and she has more than 4,000 publishing credits. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in accounting, having graduated summa cum laude.