Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sparkler Shield

***Edited to Add*** USE FIREWORKS AT YOUR OWN RISK. FIRE IS DANGEROUS IN ANY FORM. THIS WORKED FOR ME, BUT TEST THIS IDEA YOURSELF AND USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Today I solved a problem. Woohoo! And it was just in time for sparkler season.

My boys LOVE sparklers but at the same time they are scared of them-- frankly I think a tiny bit of fear of fire is a good thing. However, I still want them to enjoy sparklers safely.

Enter the Red Solo Cup! (Are you humming the song, too?! Bet you won't be getting the tune out of your head very soon! It's catchy like that.)


Poke a tiny hole in the center of the top. Insert Sparkler so the end that burns is outside the cup and the handle wire is inside the cup. Light the sparkler and enjoy.


You are all smart but I feel like I need to post some warnings...
** Be safe with fireworks and read the warnings on packages!!
** Make sure the burning end of the sparklers remains OUTSIDE the cup. Make sure kiddos are holding the end of the handle against the inside bottom of the cup so the cup can't slip down and allow the sparkler to burn inside the cup.
** When the sparkler is done burning, hold onto the outside of the cup with the other hand and release the sparkler above a bucket of water, as shown. Don't touch the hot end of the sparkler!!!



Have fun and Be Safe!


**Editted to add**
So after reading comments below, I decided to see under what conditions the cup would melt.
Even holding the lit sparkler one inch away during the entire burn, there was not a mark on the cup.


In fact the only way I got the cup to melt was when I stuck the lit sparkler inside the cup, where the heat can build up more. It melted a hole in the side about the size of a dollar coin.

If you are worried that your kids can't keep the sparkler outside the cup bend the wire so that it can't slip inside the cup. My 5 and 7 year-olds were fine.

Fireworks are dangerous so if you have concerns test this out BEFORE letting the kids have a go.

54 comments:

  1. found this on pinterest. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. No no no...a solo cup will melt onto the child's hand. Sparklers burn at 1200 degrees. They are not meant to be held...period!!!!!!!

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    2. Well I'm sorry you feel this way but our family has owned a Sparkler Company since 1945 almost 70 years and yes they are made to hold in your hand when properly used!!! I'm not saying that using the cup is proper but holding the sparklers by the wire in your hand is that would be why they are hold hand held sparkling devices...

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  2. Thanks for stopping by! Don't you love pinterest?!

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  3. If solo cups didn't burn or melt this would be a great idea. I'd be very afraid of molten plastic encasing a child's hand.

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    1. I did this with my kiddos and the handles on our sparklers were long enough that when held at the end inside the cup the sparks didn't even discolor or warp the plastic cup. I have no worries about the plastic melting, but as with all fireworks and fire, adult supervision is REQUIRED. Please keep your kids safe.

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    2. I would have worries about the plastic melting. After all you are doing this to protect the child's hand from sparks, right? well those sparks could melt the plastic! If I were to do this I think I would encase the plastic cup in Aluminum foil! I would not trust a plastic cup by itself!

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    3. I agree!! Plastic & fire? NO WAY.

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    4. DO NOT DO THIS!!! from a medics point of view, this is more dangerous than the sparkler alone!! Please pull this from the internet before a child is seriously hurt!! I will be informing the local fire dept of this so they can prepare for the onslaut of plastic burns!

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    5. Use a Styrofoam coffee cup instead. The melting burn is much quicker & pain more intense.

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  4. That IS the goofiest song ever! I love this idea. I will be doing this with my kids, Thank you for the great idea. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

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  5. When my daughter was 4 years old, she was playing with a sparkler. I was right there watching her, in fact, within inches of her. A wayward spark landed on the top of her foot and burned a small hole right through her skin, 8 years later, she still has the scar and a fear of sparklers to boot. No matter what anyone says, a sparkler is still nothing but a stick that is lit on fire and handed to a child. I will get off my soap box now and wish all a happy and SAFE 4th of July.

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    1. The same thing happened to my son, except it was a little burst of sparks that flew on his legs and burned him very badly. He was not even the one holding it - an adult was.

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  6. If you are worried about your kids burning themselves with a sparkler, maybe you shouldn't let them use one? When used properly, at arms length from the body, under Adult supervision, by a competent person, there should be little risk of burns from a sparkler. By adding an inverted solo cup, you are adding a false sense of security to your child. I think, as a father, when my son is old enough and ready to enjoy a sparkler, he will so the same way I did. If he gets a small burn from the wire, yes it will hurt temporarily, but he will learn that fire + metal = HOT. I think putting a cup on a sparkler will just push that lesson further away. If you want to avoid the burn from the wire sparkler all together, bamboo sparklers are now available.

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  7. Found you via pinterest!!! Love it, I will share it on my FB page :)

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  8. This is not just an accident waiting to happen, but a lawsuit waiting to happen... how can you put up something like this for something that has been proven dangerous?! I actually have seen the combo burn before of melted cup plastic and sparkler. It is NOT pretty.

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  9. i disagree. this is way more unsafe than holding it. My husband is a firefighter. the spark from a sparkler can melt a quarter. putting it in a plastic cup is just asking for added trouble. Please dont do this

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    1. Unfortunately this is incorrect. It would not burn through the cup. She also added an update where she did some tests. Awesome idea!

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  10. Do you mind if I add this to my company July newsletter? I will site your blog. It's such a wonderful idea I want to share.

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    1. Feel free, and thanks. Please remind them to use fireworks carefully! Have a great summer.

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  11. Love this! Just shared on my Facebook page. ~Katie at The Artful Child http://www.facebook.com/TheArtfulChild

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  12. Love this!! I included it in my Summer Tips and Tricks post :) Hope you dont mind! http://inthiscrazylife-bethany.blogspot.com/2012/06/10-tips-and-tricks-for-summer.html

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  13. I wouldn't be okay with the cup. My kids are not around sparklers period.

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  14. Good idea. I included this in a recent 4th of July post with a link back to your site. Thanks.
    Have a safe 4th of July.
    Blessings,

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  15. Please DO NOT do this!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit (982° Celsius) — hot enough to melt gold.

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  16. This is a great idea! Found you on Pinterest and thought this would work just fine. I've never been too concerned with sparklers and have never had any incidents, but it just seems like a good extra precaution. Wondering if you could even use a foam cup or plate. If anyone is that concerned with the sparkler melting the cup, then just don't use sparklers period. I don't see how this could hurt and I am glad you added your test results! I featured you on my blog in a quick post about sparkler safety: All Things with Purpose: Sparkler Safety 101

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    1. Styrofoam is HIGHLY flammable. DO NOT USE STYROFOAM.

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    2. Plastic melts.... Did you ever see a melted plastic burn? It not good.... Why would any parent think this is a good idea? If your child is not ready to hold a sparkler by the end, perhaps they ARE NOT READY FOR SPARCKLERS AT ALL... HOLD THEM FOR THEM... The e. R. S are already full up with drunks +drugs + teenagers with fire crackers damage on the 4th.... Keep your babies safe.... This can be fun as well....

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  17. Hey! I LOVE YOUR IDEA! But like some of the other parents, I am concerned about flammability. Although highly unlikely, plastic could potentially catch fire. And maybe a solo brand cup is a different grade of plastic than a generic brand that could be more flammable. Could I be so bold as to offer another suggestion to improve on your already fabulous concept? Mini aluminum pie pans. They are non-flammable, could be a good recycle project after a pot pie lunch or you can buy them at any grocery store in the baking aisle. THANK YOU!!!

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    1. Fantastic idea for the mini pie pans! I LOVE those chicken pot pies (until I read the labels!). I tested this out before I gave them to my kids. Different brands of cups and sparklers could make a difference so always test it out first.

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  18. LOVE this idea and using it this evening. Thanks!!!!!

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  19. Great idea! Thanks for sharing. =)Sharing it on fb today

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  20. Wow, great idea!!! Hot melted plastic stuck all over a small child's hand is such a better option than just dropping it when burns down to the bottom.

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  21. I love your creativity and think the picture looks charming. With the best of intentions, you are giving people bad advice. Sparklers burn at 2000 degrees!!! Please, please, take down the post. I work for a TV station and our reporter did a live demonstration based *ON YOUR PHOTO* and confirmed it is very dangerous. Fire officials also say this is not a good idea.

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  22. you are SO SMART! I linked do you here: http://dollarstoremom.com/2012/07/firework-safety-make-a-simple-sparkler-shield/

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  23. Read the ABC News article to find out why this is unsafe. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Health/story?id=898855

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  26. Simple. Effective. Genius. Thanks for posting this! We did a test run today, and it worked like a charm! I'm sharing this on my blog tomorrow (with link back to you, of course)!
    Gina at CampClem

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  27. I let my 4 year old do this tonight and what do you know the cup caught fire and she was burned I was standing right there helping her AWFUL IDEA!!!

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  28. Sparklers burn at 1800 degrees. We don't let our children go near ovens burning at 350...

    No matter what precautions you take, fireworks are not safe. My mother is the director of an organization that promotes fire safety and they also hold a camp for children who are burn survivors. At least 15% of the children there have been severely burned because of fireworks. No matter how much supervision you give or how good your intentions are, fire is fire. Sparklers are unpredictable.

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  29. ...you can also use a piece of duck tape inside the top of the cup to hold the sparkler in place. I was burned as a 5 yr old. The burn doesn't stop for a while. I haven't given my kids sparklers...we use them on birthday cakes.

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  34. This is such a good idea for a summer party. Sparklers are so fun but dangerous especially for younger kids and this is a very simple way to let them enjoy the sparklers but supervision is still obviously necessary. For more help planning you child's party go to funtiqueparties.com.

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  35. We used this idea this year, but my hubby cut a water bottle in half and poked a hole in the top. I think sparklers are fun but supervision is a must! I love the idea of something between a little hand and those stinging sparks. I featured this idea on my Fabulous Friday Finds

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  39. I remember burning myself as a child and dropping my lit sparkler only to have mom running over to stomp on it. Then our own children were always getting burned as well and they didnt enjoy them, so we usually didnt have them. Now I have grandchildren. my one last chance to try this and hopefully they will have fun instead of getting burned. I seen this on Face Book!

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