If you’ve kept up with our blog on a regular basis, you’ll know that safety is a recurring theme. With Independence Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to discuss tips for using bottle sparklers safely on the 4th of July. Fortunately, most of what we sell is gold bottle sparklers for nightclubs; so they are already in the hands of professionals. However, there are several people who use them on cakes or at private parties as well. So, it’s important to cover all the bases so everyone is staying safe.
Of course, you may be wondering why someone would use our products on this patriotic holiday. There are plenty of great reasons; but we’ll get into that throughout this guide. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Choosing the Right Products
Choosing a reputable brand is important for product safety. We’ve built a great reputation over the years with our high quality sparklers, but safety requires more depth than that. Additionally, you need to make sure you have all the correct accessories to stay safe. For instance, if you plan to attach them to a bottle, you need a sparkler safety clip to secure them properly. Conversely, if you plan to use them on a cake, the built-in spike is sufficient and no clip is required.
Additionally, the process of getting them lit is another top safety area. Sadly, a lot of people try to use dangerous items like large propane torches or a gas stove; mainly because traditional handheld lighters are too small to do the job quickly. Instead, consider a special bottle sparkler torch lighter that creates the perfect flame to light them quickly. Moreover, they cool down almost immediately so there’s a small chance of injury. Overall, they are the safest option for igniting our products.
General Safety Tips
I’ve covered the basics of handling our products safely numerous times throughout our website. However, I’m going to post them here yet again so you can freshen up before the 4th of July rolls around. Here’s a complete list.
- They are only be used by adults or under the very close supervision of adults.
- Never hold them in your hand while they are lit or while you are lighting them.
- Do not point a lit sparkler at another person, animal, or property.
- Keep your face or any other part of your body from being over the bottle sparklers during the performance; and especially not while you are lighting them.
- Always use the proper accessories like a safety clip when attaching them to a bottle. Homemade items can be extremely dangerous.
- Add extra space to the performance if you plan to use them indoors.
- Keep them away from other people during the performance.
- Always have safety equipment and first aid supplies on hand as a precaution. Make sure you inspect your fire extinguishers regularly for proper operation.
Activities for Using Bottle Sparklers Safely on the 4th of July
There are a variety of ways to use bottle sparklers on the 4th of July, but not all of them are safe. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some very appropriate ways to show your patriotism! Below, I’ll cover a few of the safest ways to use our products to celebrate Independence Day. Let’s get started.
Toast to America
Using our sparklers as a bottle garnish is by far the most popular way to use them. Additionally, they are incredibly safe if you have all the right accessories. Since it’s the 4th of July, it’s a great time to do a proper toast to America; and all the heroes who made this country a reality! Just light the tip, say your speech, and wait for the “’Merica!” chants to begin.
Decorate Some Patriotic Cupcakes
Our products aren’t only for bottles, but they can be used on cakes, too! Most commonly, people put sparklers on birthday cakes, but they work for 4th of July cupcakes all the same. Besides the obvious red, white, and blue frosting and patriotic sprinkles, consider adding a sparkler on top as well. If you take the leap, you will not regret it; I promise. Best of all, it’s a completely safe way to use them as well.
Stick Them in the Ground
Of course, sometimes you want to have a nice simple display; especially if you are entertaining kids! One of the easiest ways you can do this is by sticking them into the ground before lighting them. Additionally, this is a very safe option since you can stand back at a good distance to enjoy the show. As a hidden bonus, they also push out any unwanted insects like mosquitoes and gnats for a more enjoyable holiday.
Dangerous Activities That Should Be Avoided
On the flip side, there are plenty of ideas that are the opposite of using bottle sparklers safely on the 4th of July. The following ideas should never be attempted. Independence Day is supposed to be fun, not a gigantic tragedy. Here are some things you should never do.
Holding Them in your Hand
The first rule of safety with our products is to never hold them in your hand. You simply cannot use them the same way that you use traditional versions in that respect. Furthermore, you never want to hold a cupcake in your hand with one burning either. Just leave them on your cupcake stand and wait for the show to end. Holding a bottle sparkler in your hand is a really easy way to hurt yourself extremely bad.
Stand Too Close
Another really dangerous idea is to stand extremely close to the performance. Even worse, some people hold their face over the top while they light it and put themselves in serious harm’s way! If you are planning on using bottle sparklers safely on the 4th of July, it really starts with these types of common sense things.
Holding a Cocktail with One as a Garnish
Another popular idea that has transitioned into everyday homes is garnishing cocktails with a bottle sparkler. This can be a great way to drum up extra business at a nightclub. However, it’s also an extremely dangerous activity if not conducted in the right way. Sadly, too many people hand the cocktail over to the recipient while the performance is still ongoing. This is a recipe for disaster, and can set you up for some very serious injuries. Leave this one to the pros and keep it far away from your holiday party.
Are Bottle Sparklers the Best Option Overall for the 4th of July?
Most people think of “stick” style sparklers when they imagine their backyard party. If you want people to run around holding them, then you are probably on the right track. However, there are still a lot of reasons for using bottle sparklers safely on the 4th of July for specific activities like decorating bottles or adding them to cupcakes. Just remember that these are intended to be a “specialty” item and used in a very specific manner. If your activity calls for something like that, then they are the perfect fit for your festivities.
Remember, safety is the biggest factor at any type of gathering. Beyond the things discussed in this guide, make sure to read the full set of bottle sparkler safety rules. As long as you follow them all diligently, you’ll have a safe and happy holiday. Good luck and happy 4th!