This coming Tuesday is the 4th of July, and along with the anniversary of our country’s independence, usually come fireworks! Enjoying fireworks can be a lot of fun, but every year there are over 18,500 reported fires and 9,300 injuries caused by fireworks. The safest way to interact with fireworks is to watch a public display put on by professionals. If you do have them at your home, here are tips to be safe this upcoming weekend.
- Keep fireworks dry and not inside your home. If they do catch fire, then at least it doesn’t burn your house down. A locked shed is a good location to store fireworks.
- Do not store fireworks in self-storage units.
- Store fireworks in an area that doesn’t have heat, or other flammable materials. Basements often have a furnace, water heater, etc.
- Lock fireworks in something so that children can’t get into them.
Those are just a few suggestions on how to safely store fireworks. Here are some tips for best practices when using them:
- Don’t let children use fireworks. Although they are fun and appear harmless, sparklers account for 25% of all firework related injuries and burn at almost 2000 degrees.
- Don’t drink and use fireworks. Fireworks and alcohol don’t mix well.
- Always use fireworks outside, and in an open area.
- Don’t shoot or use fireworks in windy weather. This increases the chances for an unwanted fire.
- Have a bucket of water and a hose handy in case of a small fire.
- Never shoot fireworks in a plastic, metal, or glass container…even if you just want to see what happens!
- If a firework seems to be malfunctioning, be extremely careful. Treat it like it could go off at any moment.
- Call 911 in the event of a fire.
Be safe this weekend, it is a fun and patriotic time.