July 4th Caution – But Have Fun!

Be Careful This July 4th

July 4th celebrations are upon us. Great grilling, sunny days by the pool, popsicles and, of course, those every-present sparklers! As a mom of young and curious girls I am writing this to remind you to remind them, sparklers are HOT. Really hot.

Sparklers run somewhere in between 1000-3000 degrees fahrenheit when lit. No joke! As I am writing this I am shocked to find this fact out. I certainly will have that tidbit in mind next time we open a box and pass them out to the kiddos. They also very easily and frequently set clothes on fire.

Last summer we learned that the hard way. As many of you may have experienced, little hands love to reach for pretty and sparkly things. Though they were warned and it was clearly explained, my 3-year-old happily held her glittering sparkler, twirling it round and round. It went out, and as they all like to do, she grabbed the red hot end, as if to try to reignite the spark. Tears issued and ice was administered.

Fortunately the damage was very minor, but she remembers it well and reminds me each time we see sparklers on TV or at a store, “those are really hot mommy,”

So, my tale ended well. But, please be sure that your July 4th holiday weekend is as happy and enjoyable as you are planning it to be. Make sure that your children understand that those seemingly harmless, and oh-so-pretty sparklers are very very hot. Watch your kids, young and old closely and if you aren’t sure they are ready, skip the sparklers all together and look to your local professionally-presented skies for your show and your sparkle.

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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