As people head to area fireworks stores ahead of Fourth of July festivities, they may be surprised to learn that one of the most dangerous fireworks may be the simplest. A Tri-State Fireworks in Wilder, Tony Burns said the store is stocked up and ready, but they also advocate safe fireworks fun. "If they're buying the biggest thing we have, we're always leery abut where they're going to set it off and whether it's safe or not," Burns said. But the most dangerous item on the shelf there is sparkers, according to Burns. "It causes more injuries because small children are holding a hot metal rod," he said. According to Burlington Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Barlow, sparklers burn at between 1,200 and 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Sparklers cause about of 19 percent of fireworks injuries, and about one fourth of those injured are children, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They recommend adult supervision of children with sparklers and having a bucket of water nearby. Barlow said children need to know how hot sparkers can get. "If they're too young to understand that, it's probably best not to give the sparkler to a child," he said.
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