Even though you can get beautiful effects from the various types of sparklers on the market today, each year serious injuries and occasionally even deaths are reported due to reckless behavior.

However, you can ensure a completely safe celebration if you just keep a few tips in mind before you ignite any sparkler.

  1. Before lighting a sparkler, take a look around. If there are children about that are too young to participate, make sure there is an adult to keep an eye on them or give them a quick education with the demonstration. Let them know that sparklers are fun and pretty but need to be respected.
  2. If there are children participating choose the longer handled 36″ sparklers as the longer handle will be safer. Typically these larger sparklers have a longer, safer handle. Always have an adult light the sparklers. Never give children matches or lighters!
  3. At a wedding reception the Best Man and the Maid of Honor should coordinate a wedding sparkler send off. Pay attention and take care if you are wearing loose fitting clothing, a dress or skirt, especially while using wedding sparklers, since you’re likely to be in your Sunday best.
  4. Hair catches fire almost immediately, so make sure that you do not take any additional risks. Individuals with long hair should tie their tresses back securely before lighting a sparkler.
  5. A source of water kept nearby is a good idea to make sure the sparklers are extinguished.
  6. Keep a bucket of water or sand beside you to turn off the sparkler completely. Do not throw spent sparklers aside or off in a corner, make sure it is completely extinguished and discarded in a trash receptacle. Dip the sparkler handle in the water for a second or two after the sparkler has worked its magic, then discard properly.
  7. When you are finished, pick up all the wooden and wire handles. Make sure no children will find any unlit firecracker or sparkler when you are not around.

Keeping these tips in mind and a little planning and you can be sure to enjoy your traditional sparklers and wedding sparklers safely. Enhancing your celebration and minimizing the risks of injuries.