“On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires,” according to the National Fire Protection Association. “The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 0-4, followed by children 10-14.”
The NFPA says bottle rockets or other types of fireworks rockets cause most of the damage. These rockets can land on rooftops or wedge within certain structures and still retain enough heat to cause a fire.
To keep your home and your family safe over the 4th of July holiday, the National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these tips:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- On June 29, 2015
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