Firework Safety for the 4thof July
Independence Day is quickly approaching. The summer holiday is always filled with the excitement and anticipation of fireworks displays. From city-sponsored events, to small performances in your backyard, understanding how to keep your family and assets safe from fireworks is important. Read more to discover the power of fireworks and our tips for firework safety.
Firework Structural Damage
The National Fire Protection Association(NFPA) reports that fireworks caused over 15,000 fires in the U.S. in 2013. Of those, 1,400 were structure fires and 200 were vehicle fires. With over $20 million in damage, firework safety is definitely not to be overlooked
Firework Personal Damage
The largest number of firework injuries were caused by sparklers, according to the NFPA, accounting for 30% of all fireworks-related injuries in 2013. In 2014, over 10,000 people visited the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries. Over half of those were burns.
While we enjoy the displays and celebrating our nation’s freedom as much as every other American, at Abri Insurance, we also care that you are protected. Take a moment to ensure you follow these simple steps to ensure you are covered and your family has a safe and fun independence celebration!
The easiest way to prevent injury or damage is to forego fireworks altogether. You can leave the displays to the professionals at a city-run display. If you are so compelled, follow these tips to stay safe this 4thof July.
- In some cities and residential areas, fireworks aren’t allowed. Also, during dry seasons, fireworks may be banned due to the risk of fire. Check your city’s ordinances to ensure you are legally able to have and use fireworks.
- Don’t mix alcohol and fireworks together. Keep your head level and judgement clear. If you are going to handle fireworks, it’s best to avoid alcohol.
- Leave it to the adults. Keep your fireworks away from children and young adults. Put your pets indoors. And keep everyone at a safe distance from the display
- Have water nearby. Have a hose or fire extinguisher nearby at all times in case a fire starts, which is a likely scenario
Keep your friends and family safe while celebrating Independence Day. Sparklers, while festive, can reach up to 1200 degrees! A fun alternative to sparklers is a glow stick. Kids will delight in the fun of glowing sticks that can also be made into necklaces and bracelets. They come in different shapes and designs. And, glowsticks will help you see your kids better once the sun sets and you’re waiting for the fireworks display.
Follow these other steps to prevent personal injury to you and your guests on the Fourth.
- Again, keep fireworks away from kids, pets, and young adults. Only adults who aren’t under the influence of alcohol or other substances should use fireworks.
- If the firework doesn’t light or go off, pour water over it and discard of it. Don’t attempt to relight the firework.
- Never point or throw fireworks at other people. Never hold a firework in your hand to light it or set it off.
- Light one firework at a time. And pick up all firework remains after the event. Children and pets should not be allowed near the remains. They may be hot or not fully erupted and can cause serious injury.
- Put the fireworks remains in a bucket of water to ensure they are completely cooled off before disposing.
- In the case of any injury, seek medical help right away.
- For more tips on firework safety, visit KidsHealth.org.
Watch these eye-opening demonstrations in a video from NBC Today, driving home the damaging power of fireworks and the importance of fireworks safety.
As a general rule, consider pets and small children when you plan a fireworks display. Some animals and children can become anxious with the loud sounds of fireworks. Also, young children may have an early bedtime and the fireworks could interrupt their sleep. When done in close proximity to neighbors and other residences, be thoughtful of others and decide if a fireworks display would be appropriate.
As always, at Abri Insurance, our most important goal is the safety and longevity of all you hold dear. From your loved ones, to your most important assets, taking time to keep what’s most valuable covered is important. While you celebrate the freedom and birth of our nation, keep the holiday fun and make great memories by following the simple rules of firework use. Stay safe and have fun!