4th of July Fireworks!

Posted on June 30th, 2017

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.