Sparks are flying at some Onondaga County firehouses after sparklers were made legal to buy and sell in Onondaga County.
The Fourth of July and sparklers go hand-in-hand, but Cicero Volunteer Deputy Fire Chief George Barrett says neighbors should leave them to the professionals.
“We didn’t want this to happen because we know the inherent risks of the general public handling fireworks,” said Dep. Chief Barrett.
For the first time in many years in Onondaga County, neighbors can now buy and sell sparklers.
“It is a little bit frustrating for us, it would almost be like taking away a seatbelt law after seeing the lives they save,” said Dep. Chief Barrett.
With Independence Day right around the corner, Barrett says they’re expecting to be a little busier.
“In the past we didn’t have to worry about it. It wasn’t really one of our busier days because we didn’t have legal sparklers, you’d still see sparklers here and there, that were obtained through other means, but being legal this year I think we’re going to have some calls,” said Dep. Chief Barrett.
Barrett says more than 60 percent of all injuries involving sparklers happen to kids under the age of six. So keeping them out of the hands of children is a great way to prevent injuries.
“The metal that burns on a sparkler burns as high as 1600 to 3000 degrees, depending on the metal that’s involved, so…if some of the fragments and some of the sparkler gets on clothing or skin certainly enough to hurt or injure a child,” said Dep. Chief Barrett.
Deputy Chief Barrett also recommends if you do use sparklers, keep a bucket of water nearby. Once you’re finished with the sparklers put them in the bucket for a few minutes so you can prevent outdoor fires.