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Fireworks, sparklers, and children - oh my!

BE CAREFUL WITH SPARKLERS! This July 4th, declare your independence from emergency room visits. 65% of all fireworks-related injuries happen in the month surrounding July 4. 2800° Melting point of iron 31% of all fireworks-related injuries are caused by sparklers. 62% of all injuries are burns 2012° Bonfire * * * * 2000° Sparkler Sparklers burn at anywhere between 1800 degrees F and 3000 degrees F, depending on the fuel. 451° Dystopian novel 255° Medium setting on a stove Where do people get injured? 36% hand/finger 212° Boiling point of water 22% head/face/ear 16% eye 14% leg 5% arm 7% other 140° Asphalt on a summer day 98° Human body Average cost of an emergency room visit: $1,233 Cost of a single "economy" sparkler from $0.11 *** * * * Sparkler Safety Tips * * * * * • Don't hand a lighted sparkler to a child. Always hand them an unlit sparkler and light it for them. • Hold the sparkler at arm's length from the body and stand at least six feet away from other people using sparklers. • Wear non-flammable and tight-fitting clothing, as well as closed-toe shoes to avoid foot burns. • Drop used sparklers directly into a bucket of water. Directly supervise any children using sparklers. Have a happy and safe July Fourth! from your friends at policygenius Sources: • U.S. CPSC, "Fireworks-Related Deaths, Emergency Department-Treated Injuries, and Enforcement Activities During 2013" ( • NIH, How Much Will I Get Charged for This?' Patient Charges for Top Ten Diagnoses in the Emergency Department" ( • ( • Wired, "The Awesome Physics In A Simple Sparkler" (

Fireworks, sparklers, and children - oh my!

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Fireworks are awesome, especially for kids. There’s nothing quite like looking up into the sky on a warm summer night to see the stars explode above you. Sparklers can bring some of that same exc...


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