How Hot Do Sparklers Burn? July 4th Safety Tips

1200 degrees Fahrenheit. Obviously, that is really hot. To put it in perspective, that is almost as hot as lava.

So many of the firework-related injuries reported are injuries to children, so the most important factor in preventing sparkler injuries is parental supervision.The 1200 degree sparklers stay hot even after the sparkling stops, so keeping an eye on kids running around with them will go a long way in stopping burn injuries.

Novelty firework items, besides being dangerous because of their incredibly hot temperatures, can also explode and injure hands, feet, eyes, and faces.


Sparklers are not regulated by the state, but they may be illegal in your local area. 24% of firework-related injuries were from sparklers. This is the most injuries caused by any type of firework. Firecrackers and bottle rockets, on the other hand, are illegal throughout the state. Don’t use those or other illegal explosives.

When watching a fireworks show, don’t get too close to where the explosives are being set off. Watch from a safe distance to avoid debris, smoke, and any fire accident that might occur.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

Source: National Fire Protection Association

Since July 4th is the date with the highest incidence of fires, it is always good to know where the nearest fire extinguisher is, and how to use it.

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Bonus Flag Fact: In case you felt like doing anything other than waving the stars and stripes around to celebrate Independence Day, you should know that in Illinois it is a Class 4 felony to publicly defile or trample the US flag or the Illinois state flag.  A Class 4 felony is punishable by 1 year in prison!

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Happy Independence Day!

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