Thousands of Americans end up in hospital emergency rooms each year because of fireworks-related injuries. In a typical year, more fires are reported on July 4 than any other day.
Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson said having a bit more knowledge and taking a few smart precautions can lead to safer Independence Day celebrations.
Greeson suggested that glow sticks are a safer alternative to traditional sparklers.
“Many parents don’t realize that sparklers can burn at about 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit,” Greeson said. “That’s hot enough to melt glass. Imagine what that can do if it comes in contact with a child’s skin, hair or clothing, or anybody’s for that matter.”