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Flick, Flip, Flash. Fire!

Flick, Flip, Flash. Fire!

The tip of a Sparkler burns at 1200° F. Hotter than Boiling Water (212° F). Hotter than Burning Wood (575° F). Hot Enough to Melt Glass (900° F). Hot Enough to Cause 3rd Degree Burns.

Before you flick to light a firework, or flip a burger on the grill, think that only one unfortunate flash can cause an unexpected fire. In addition to the potential risks, fireworks and grilling have one other major thing in common: they should both be done OUTDOORS.


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that between 2007 – 2011 more than one-quarter (27 percent) of home structure fires involving grills started on a courtyard, terrace or patio, 29 percent started on an exterior balcony or open porch.

The ease of gas grills brings with it a higher risk of fire. But charcoal grills are no slouch either. NFPA noted that gas grills have been involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires in 2007-2011, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,400 home fires.

One of the safest actions an adult can take to keep kids safe while grilling, according to Jim Esdon, program manager at the Injury Prevention Center at CHaD, is to “Assign a three foot rule around the grill and keep children and pets away from this safe zone.”

Grilling is a great summer pastime, so fire it up, but know the best ways to minimize risks and stay safe. Here are some grilling safety tips from the NFPA (PDF), and a few from SafeKids to keep the grin in grilling!


Did you know that fireworks were invented more than 2,000 years ago in China? You should also know that a sparkler burns at a temperature over 15 times the boiling point of water. Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blowtorch!

Fireworks are rites of summer, and the Fourth of July is right around the corner, so when you let the sparks fly make sure they are far away from you and yours.

According to a 2012 study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 200 people on average go to the emergency room everyday with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the Independence Day holiday. In the same study, all six deaths reported involved illegal and homemade fireworks.

Fireworks can be exhilarating, but before you flick it, take a look at this infographic of facts and safety tips from the CPSC (PDF) or these tips from The National Council on Fireworks Safety. Once you do, you may decide that fireworks are best left to the professionals. So, pack a few healthy snacks and go out and enjoy a safe star-spangled public display.

Reminder: Summer should be fun, not flammable!

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