The 4th and Fireworks
It’s that time of year again! Outdoor barbeques, cook-outs, summer beach vacations, and of course, fireworks! Whether you’re celebrating in your red, white and blue this weekend, or just enjoying a little backyard firework show this summer, knowing firework safety might help protect you and your loved ones from the potential harms of mishandling fireworks.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, their staff received reports of 11 non-occupational fireworks-related deaths occurring in 10 incidents during 2014. Four victims died in house fires caused by fireworks and seven victims died from direct impacts of fireworks.
It was also reported that fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2014.
There’s no doubt that everyone enjoys watching those mesmerizing array of colors shooting into the sky, so here are some recommended safety tips from the National Council on Firework Safety:
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
- FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
SERVPRO of Richmond would like to wish everyone a fun and safe holiday! And remember, you know who to call when disaster strikes!
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