Fireworks during the Fourth of July are as American as apple-pie, but did you know that two out of five fires reported on that day are started by fireworks, more than for any other cause? So you think it cannot happen to you? Here are a few facts:
In 2013 over 9,000 people went to the emergency room as a result of fireworks related injuries. There was an estimated 15,500 reported fires started by fireworks. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported deaths, and $36 million in direct property damage. This is why it is a good idea to have a free home insurance review and quote, call us today!
Fireworks Safety Tips
Buy fireworks only from licensed vendors
Never combine fireworks
Obey all local laws
Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting
Never relight a firework
Don’t smoke or drink while lighting fireworks
Soak used fireworks in water before placing in trash
Make sure there is parental supervision
Never experiment with homemade fireworks
Use fireworks outdoors, in a safe area away from dry grass and buildings
Keep a fire extinguisher, bucket of water, wet towels and a garden hose nearby
Light one firework at a time – then move back quickly!
Never shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers
Never carry fireworks in your pocket
Never point or throw fireworks at people or animals
Clean up all used fireworks including debris
“Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of July and year end celebrations. Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. You can help us prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths” Consumer Products Safety Commission.
Enjoy the holiday; we live in a great country, happy birthday America!