4th of July Firework Safety
The 4th of July, Independence day is a day usually used to spend with friends and family, celebrating with picnics and barbecues, and of course, fireworks. But unfortunately, this fun celebration also comes with some danger and safety risks. Did you know that the 4th of July is the holiday that has the most fire-related incidents? According to the NFPA, more fires are reported on Independence Day than on any other day of the year, with more than half of those due to fireworks.
Many of the 4th of July fire-related accidents can be avoided if proper safety precautions are used. Follow the tips below to ensure that you and your family have a safe and fun celebration this Independence Day:
- Check city and state laws for fireworks and avoid any illegal fireworks.
- When using fireworks, avoid loose-fitting clothing, but be properly clothed including protective eyewear and shoes.
- Keep and hose and bucket of water close by to put out any stray flames. Hose down any fireworks that do not ignite and then let them sit for 15-20 minutes to ensure they are not delayed starters. After the required time has passed, soak them in the bucket of water for an additional 15-20 minutes before disposing of them.
- Make sure that the area where you are lighting off fireworks is free of hazards like bushes, dry grass, trees, decorations, and any other fire-hazardous materials.
- If you are consuming alcohol, it is crucial to not handle fireworks while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol causes judgment impairment and could lead to a fire, other serious accidents.
Following this 4th of July firework safety tips will make it easier to ensure a safe, fun, and fire-free 4th of July for all.
At SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County, we understand that even when following safety guideless, accidents still happen. That is why we are here to help our local community in emergency situations 24/7/356. If you suffer from a fire and are seeking help for water and fire damage restoration, SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/ North Bradford County is here to help. Call our office at 904-290-4040 for emergency services or to schedule a free estimate.