Upcoming Events

There are currently no events
View All Events

2020 Incidents
Month Fire EMS Total
January 72 118 190
March 36 96 132
April 39 75 114
May 44 93 137
June 58 118 176
July 52 131 183
August 72 121 193
September 40 96 136
Total 413 848 1261

Past Years
Year: Fire: EMS: Total:
2017 690 1246 1936
2018 887 1255 2142
2019 842 1262 2104
Total 2419 3763 6182

Web Counters
Website Visitors
January 1, 2016
Visitors Today
Dec 01, 2020
Sparkler Safety
Email Print RSS Facebook Twitter RSS

By News Desk K.M.K.
June 30, 2020

The fourth of July is a time of celebration, so fire up that grill, crack open a cold one (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and celebrate responsibly with friends and family. In this article, we're going to focus specifically on sparklers and the dangers they can pose when improperly handled. We hope when you decide to celebrate on the fourth of July that you'll do so with this information in mind.

Who doesn't love sparklers? They're little fireworks that you can hold in your hand. Sparklers may seem magical, but like all things magic, they can be dangerous if not used properly. Take a look around you, and you'll see everyone out in their driveway once night falls lighting sparklers and waving them around, making light streaks across the darkness. It's important to remember some safety considerations before lighting a sparkler.

Sparklers are hot, no, we mean they're HOT. Sparklers can burn at 2000 degrees (For reference, glass melts at 900 degrees and wood burns at 575 degrees), and if held too close to clothing or other flammable objects, they can catch fire. Try to eliminate the possibility of fire by minimizing the amount of loose clothing that is worn and keep sparklers away from flammable objects or materials.

Minimize the risk of burns, especially among younger children. Explain that sparklers can get extremely hot and to never touch the sparkler above the handle. Make sure to practice safety pre-cautions such as keeping the sparkler at arm's length, wearing shoes, and never bringing a sparkler near another person or pet. A better way to eliminate possible burns and fire risk is to opt for safer alternatives to sparklers such as glowsticks.

We hope you'll celebrate the fourth of July responsibly and take some of this information with you. Our goal is to keep our neighbors safe and prepared, please help us with this goal by sharing the knowledge you learned. Do you have article suggestions or other content you'd like to see? Send us a message on Facebook or send an email to

Hyperlinks: Firework and Sparkler Safety - NSC
Firework and Sparkler Safety Sheet - NFPA
Cover Photo by Muhammad Ilyasa from Pexels

Add a Comment Add a Comment 0 Comment(s)

Website Designed and Hosted By: Content Proudly Maintained By: Contact Info:
Firehouse Solutions
East Whiteland Fire Association
205 Conestoga Road
Malvern, PA 19355
East Whiteland Township
Emergency Dial 911
Station Phone: 610-644-8558
Station Fax: 610-644-8308
Copyright © 2020 Firehouse Solutions (A Service of Technology Reflections, Inc.)