While going to see the big fireworks at local carnivals and fairs can be fun, many Americans also enjoy setting them off in their own backyard! While some states prohibit the use of certain kinds of fireworks due to personal safety concerns, smaller ones, such as sparklers and paper caps are generally permitted. However, even these can pose fire and safety hazards for young children, pets, and your property. Check out these fireworks safety tips to keep your friends and family safe while still having fun during Independence Day:
- Obey all state laws regarding fireworks. Only buy from a licensed retailer that legally sells the fireworks permitted in your state. Make sure to read all instructions before setting them off.
- Do not wear loose clothing. Running with a burning flame runs the risk of severe burns, especially with oversized shirts and pants getting in the way.
- Keep a bucket of water ready to put out any flames. Any fireworks can go off at any time when there are smoke and flames present. Keeping a bucket of water close will prevent any unintended sparks and flames from spreading.
- Supervise all fireworks and children. Never give fireworks to young children and make sure that they all stay outside. In addition, never set them off when open alcohol is present; wait until afterwards.
- Keep fireworks outdoors. Be sure to stay away from all cars, buildings, and other people to prevent the risk of fire damage and personal injuries.
- Do not carry fireworks in your pocket. Even for smaller fireworks, any kind of friction can ignite the powder inside.
- Do not shoot them into any metal or glass containers. Even if the container has a thick lining, the flames can cause the glass to burst or backfire in metal containers.
- Run each used firework under water before throwing away. Although the flames are out, smaller fireworks, such as sparklers, can still glow and easily cause a property fire if they are thrown away inside.
- Do not try to make your own fireworks. Each type of firework has been created, tested, and packaged by licensed professionals. Any improper chemical combinations can result in serious injury or a property fire.
- Light one firework at a time and move away quickly. When there are multiple fireworks being lit at once, they can get out of control if they are not shot in the proper direction.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. These include those that do not light. Be sure to soak them in a bucket of water before throwing them in the garbage.
- Report any explosives to the police or fire department. These include quarter sticks and M-80s.
- Keep pets away from fireworks. Because they do not understand what is going on, they are easily afraid by the loud noises caused by fireworks. For their well-being, keep them inside when setting off fireworks on your property and leave them at home when going to see them in public displays.
While fireworks can be fun to watch in public displays, they can be dangerous if they are not handled properly. Make sure to follow all of the tips mentioned above to ensure the safety of your loved ones and property during Independence Day.
Experiencing Property Fire
Even when proper precautions are taken, fireworks can easily get out of control. These can include severe burns, injuries, or setting property on fire. It is important to keep in mind that it only takes one second of not paying attention for accidents to happen. But when they do, it is important to act as quickly as possible to prevent any damages or injuries from spreading. In the event that you have a property fire, do not hesitate to call a fire damage restoration professional. These individuals are licensed and experience to repair the majority of damage caused by the flames, smoke, and soot. ServiceMaster is one of the leading companies in the industry, arriving within 2 hours of your first call to start the cleanup process and get you back on track.