Toddlers and Sparklers Don't Mix

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This came up recently at a friend's barbecue, and I'm sure with all the Fourth of July parties this weekend it's bound to be an issue again: Explaining to my 6 year old and 4 year old why they aren't allowed to handle sparklers, even though other kids are doing it.

It's too bad I have to deprive my little ones of this Americana experience that I remember so fondly. Then again, at their age I also shot guns, rode around unrestrained in the bed of my dad's pickup on major roads, and did all sorts of other things that makes me wonder how I ever survived childhood in the first place.

But that was then and this is now. Try explaining that to a toddler!

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Just the other day, a mom in Newcomer's told of how she saw a grandma, who was stocking up outside a fireworks stand, hand a lit sparkler to a child who was barely toddling!

One mom responded that she still has a scar from a sparkler from when she was 9.

Another noted that they can reach about 1,200 degrees. Yikes!

Yet another mom said she is afraid to hold a sparkler herself, no way will she hand one to a toddler.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety says children under 12 should NEVER handle sparklers, which are often mistakenly considered a safe firework. They burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing. The sparks can cause burns to hands and exposed skin, and can even get in the eyes!

 

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