According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year, with more than half those fires caused by fireworks. In 1998 alone, approximately 21,700 fires were caused by fireworks, costing nearly $15.6 million in property damage.1
During the July 4th season, firefighters respond to lots of small grass fires, as well as small fires in trash cans and dumpsters in which fireworks were lit. This year, follow these ten easy steps to ensure that you will keep you and your property safe!
- Purchase a fire extinguisher in case of an emergency, for example, if a lit firework goes into a garage or on a house. You can pick one up as affordable as $20 at Lowe’s. That’s a lot cheaper than your house burning down.
- It also is smart to have water on hand at all times—either a bucket or a hose—to drench any firework that catches on fire, for stray flames or if there is a dud that you are afraid could go off.
- Never relight a dud. After 20 minutes has elapsed, soak the firework in a bucket of water for an additional 15 to 20 minutes before disposing of it.
- Do not light a firework in grass—put on a board or something solid that will not catch fire.
- Never hold a firework. I know it’s fun, but losing your hand isn’t.
- Do not wear loose fitting clothes that could catch fire. If you decided to ignore this advice, at least remember to Stop Drop and Roll.
- Light fireworks far enough away from houses, cars and people. Seems obvious, but this is the most common reason for fires, damage and injuries every year.
- Never put unused fireworks in the garbage. Check your local waste management guidelines for proper disposal in your area.
- Store any leftover fireworks in a cool, dry place away from flammable objects or liquids and out of reach of children.
- After your celebration, use the hose to wet the ground where the fireworks were lit and enjoy the rest of your 4th of July from all of us at NCRI!
We hope you never have to deal with any type of disaster in your life, but if you do, please remember NCRI. 40+ Years Experience. And since we are a Class A General Contractor as well, “One Call, Does It All.”
1According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)