There are few things that symbolize Independence Day more than fireworks. Whether as a show put on by the city, a neighbor, or yourself, fireworks are so commonplace and readily available that it can be easy to forget they can be dangerous. Fireworks can harm not only people, but properties as well, leading to home fire damage. Here are a few ways to practice fireworks safety this 4th of July.
Fireworks and Fire Damage
According to the NFPA, fireworks caused over 18,500 fires between 2009 – 2013, which included both vehicle and structural fires.
Fireworks are a source of ignition, especially in dry weather conditions. It is not uncommon for fireworks to spark brush fires. In addition, flying fireworks can land on rooftops or other hard-to-reach places, making these situations difficult to extinguish quickly.
It is advisable to pay attention to any fire restrictions, burn bans, or other related city notices. These notices are announced for everyone’s safety, and should be followed in order to avoid property damage – whether to your own home or someone else’s property.
Top Fireworks Safety Tips
Setting fireworks is an annual tradition in many homes. Keep yourself and your guests safe with these handy fireworks safety tips.
- Shoot fireworks in an open area; driveways are ideal.
- Ensure that all spectators are standing at least 35 feet away from the launch area.
- Don’t stand over lit fireworks or hold them while lit, as this can cause severe injury.
- Keep a bucket of water on hand to extinguish any unintended fires. If you have a hose, keep it handy as well. Put out a fire as soon as it begins.
- Make sure that your yard has a clear escape route for a quick exit in an emergency.
- If a fire begins to spread and cannot safely be extinguished, evacuate your guests and call 911.
- Soak all used fireworks in a separate bucket of water for at least 20 minutes prior to disposal.
- Buy fireworks from authorized, licensed dealers. These fireworks must meet certain safety standards, which help ensure the safety of you and your guests.
- Don’t try to relight “dud” or malfunctioning fireworks. Soak these in water for at least 20 minutes prior to discarding them.
Adults aren’t the only ones who enjoy fireworks shows. When children are present, you’ll need to take a few additional safety tips into consideration to avoid injury or fire damage to your property.
Fireworks and Kids
- Don’t let children under the age of 7 play with fireworks.
- Always make sure a sober adult is present.
- Ensure that kids are wearing safety glasses if they are participating in shooting fireworks.
- Don’t let kids play with or near fireworks that leave the ground or explode.
Taking precautions to ensure the safety of any children who are present will help everyone have a great, safe time at your fireworks show.
Fireworks and Pets
Although people enjoy good fireworks shows, our beloved pets and companions don’t always see it the same way that we do. The loud, unpredictable sounds are frightening to them.
The sound of fireworks travels a great distance, so unless you live in the countryside, it’s not always possible to avoid exposing your pet to fireworks.
- Do not have your pet present for fireworks; keep them indoors. A bolting, frightened pet during a fireworks show can quickly become a hazard for everyone in attendance.
- Choose lower-noise fireworks, as the reduced sound can be less stressful for pets.
- Turn on a TV or radio to help mask the sound of fireworks outside.
- Do not set fireworks over livestock or horses in fields; give any neighbors who own livestock or horses advance notice prior to the fireworks show.
- Ask your veterinarian for advice, if needed, to see if they have recommendations for alleviating your pet’s stress.
After the show, pick up all fireworks debris once cool and dispose before allowing your pet back into the yard.
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