Regardless of how old you happen to be, there is something timeless about using sparklers that almost everyone enjoys. Whether you’re hosting a backyard party or celebrating the 4th of July, sparklers are bound to turn up at a wide variety of occasions throughout your year. Though sparklers are intended to be a fun and exciting item that enhances your celebration, safety is very important in order to eliminate the risk of injury. It goes without saying that you should always closely supervise children when they are handling lit sparklers, but you’d probably be surprised at how often accidents occur because parents weren’t paying close enough attention. Here are some things you need to keep in mind when using sparklers to ensure that the children at your party have a safe and happy experience.
Basic Safety Tips
First and foremost, you should never take your eyes off children that are handling lit sparkler. The moment to look away, even for a second, the kids could be doing something potentially dangerous. You also need to make sure you educate all of the kids ahead of time about things that they can and cannot do with their sparklers. Additionally, there are certain brands of sparklers such as wedding sparklers that claim to be safe for indoor use, but this is almost certainly a mistake. Even if they don’t make smoke, sparklers can accidentally light things on fire if they get too close, so you should always use them outdoors and away from any obstacles that could catch on fire.
The Plastic Cup Method
If you are planning on entertaining younger children, there is a popular method that will help ensure that they don’t accidentally burn their hand known as the “plastic cup” method. Just take a disposable plastic drinking cup, poke a small hole in the bottom of it, and feed the end of the sparkler that you hold into the cup. The cup will act as a shield for their small hands eliminating any sparks from hitting them that could lead to a mild injury.
Some parents prefer to avoid sparklers all together because they just don’t feel comfortable letting their children use them. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to sparklers that will still let your kids have all the fun without any of the risk. Consider buying some foam sticks that have LEDs inside of them instead of traditional sparklers. Many of them have different lighting patterns to simulate the look of sparklers, but since nothing is on fire you don’t need to worry about anyone getting hurt. The kids can run around all over your backyard playing with their LED foam sticks and you don’t have to watch them like a hawk in fear that they may do something inappropriate.
Whether you choose to use real sparklers or an alternative, safety should always be your primary focus. Make sure you educate your children, provide the proper level of supervision, and use them in an outdoor location away from any obstacles and everyone will have a safe and happy celebration.