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The CPSC Takes on Sparklers
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/3/2014 4:38:20 AM

This Fourth of July the federal government is issuing dire warnings to protect children from the menace of sparklers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released intense stick figure videos and posters warning that children should never be allowed to hold a sparkler, due to fire hazards. “Yes, we do not recommend children use sparklers, as they burn at about 2,000 degrees, which is hotter than a blow torch,” Nychelle Fleming, a spokesperson for the CPSC told the Washington Free Beacon. A 2012 video entitled “Un-Sparktacular Celebration” features a stick figure family who let their children use sparklers unsupervised.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: fordtran, 7/3/2014 6:21:19 AM     (No. 9909267)

Our first home had a wall heater. Our first child´s first word was "hot".
But apparently we are all too stupid to raise our own children now.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hank Reardon, 7/3/2014 6:39:20 AM     (No. 9909282)

Hey CPSC, I have an idea as to where you can stick a sparkler.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Uno, 7/3/2014 7:10:13 AM     (No. 9909307)

What´s next? A war on matches??

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rather Read, 7/3/2014 7:35:10 AM     (No. 9909333)

We all played with sparklers when I was a kid. My parents were there and supervised us. No one was hurt.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/3/2014 7:42:37 AM     (No. 9909342)

Well, when I was a kid, sparklers were for the babies. We who were no longer babies had torpedo wars (remember torpedoes?), cherry bomb contests and made the old folks holler with the ______chasers. My brothers lit strings of firecrackers and then pitched them at me. I still hold a grudge.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 7/3/2014 8:00:59 AM     (No. 9909368)

Once a year it´s fun to watch those bottle rocket videos on that website.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Pinchem, 7/3/2014 8:05:01 AM     (No. 9909371)

Isn´t it strange how most of us who were raised and educated BEFORE the Boomers came along and did not have all this PC safety crap imposed on us, we survived quite well. Mercurochrome and a band aid applied by Mom was the best cure for most injuries.

Sparklers and all kinds of fireworks were available to us, and most of us were taught to be careful with them. Sure a few idiots got their thumbs blown off, but they were rare.

Why do we need government to protect us from ourselves? In our day there were no warning labels other than good advice and training of parents.

I´m about ready to agree with something I heard recently, remove all the warning labels from products and let the issue sort itself out.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 7/3/2014 8:12:23 AM     (No. 9909383)

To answer your question #7, lawyers. Lawyers are the cause of every ridiculous thing that has happened in this once grand country.

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