Every year on the 4th of July, our country celebrates our founding with fireworks displays. While many towns and cities put on their own fireworks shows, families can also get in on the action with smaller displays in their backyards. However, fireworks are also a major fire hazard. No matter their size or scope, fireworks can cause serious property damage, fires, and bodily injuries. As a result, it’s vital that you practice good firework safety before putting on your 4th of July display.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated 19,500 fires were caused by fireworks in 2018. Many of those fires were brush, grass, or forest fires, while a small percentage were structure fires. Nevertheless, 74% of these fires caused injuries, and 45% caused property damage.
Firework Safety Tips
Fireworks, if not handled properly, can cause serious damage to the environment and individuals. But these accidents can be avoided by practicing good firework safety. Here are some tips you should follow this 4th of July:
Have your firework display in a clear, open area
The more debris there is, the more likely of a fire. Make sure you hold your firework display in a clear, open area that is free of any obstructions. Any other flammable items such as grass or wood should also be cleared away.
Allow only adults to handle fireworks
Many firework-related injuries occur to children under the age of 15. To reduce the risk of fires and of injuries, ensure that only adults handle the fireworks.
Light on a flat surface
Fireworks should be lighted on a flat surface on the ground. Any uneven surface could cause fireworks to veer off to the side, hurting something or someone.
Have a fire extinguisher ready
Even if you do everything right, fireworks can still be unpredictable. Have a fire extinguisher ready in case of any accidents. Ideally, one person should be in charge of the fire extinguisher and stand at the ready in case something goes wrong.