Fireworks Safety: Your Guide to a Safe and Joyous 4th of July

The 4th of July always brings joy and excitement. The dazzling fireworks, vibrant parades, and festive gatherings are moments we all look forward to. However, with all the fun, it’s easy to overlook safety precautions, leading to unfortunate accidents and potential property damage.

At STOP Restoration, we are committed to helping you enjoy a safe and happy Independence Day. Here’s our comprehensive guide to fireworks safety.

Understanding the Risks

Fireworks, while beautiful, can be dangerous. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireworks caused an average of 19,500 fires per year, including 1,900 structure fires and 500 vehicle fires in 2018. These incidents resulted in direct property damage, injuries, and even fatalities. The most common injuries involve the hands, fingers, eyes, face, and ears. By understanding these risks, we can take proactive steps to prevent them.

7 Safety Tips for Handling Fireworks

1. Purchase from Licensed Vendors: Buy fireworks from reputable, licensed vendors. Avoid illegal or homemade fireworks, which are more prone to malfunction and to cause serious injuries.

2. Follow Local Laws and Regulations: Before lighting fireworks, check your local laws and regulations. Some areas have restrictions or bans on certain types of fireworks due to the high risk of fires and injuries.

3. Designate a Safe Area: Choose a clear, open area away from buildings, vehicles, dry grass, and flammable materials. Make sure spectators maintain a safe distance from the fireworks launching site.

4. Keep Water Nearby: Have a bucket of water or a hose ready to extinguish any accidental fires. Soak used fireworks in water before disposing of them to prevent re-ignition.

5. Adult Supervision: Always have a responsible adult handle and set off fireworks. Never allow children to handle fireworks, including sparklers, which burn at temperatures of around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

6. Light One Firework at a Time: Light fireworks one at a time and move back quickly to a safe distance. Never attempt to re-light a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in water before disposing of it.

7. Wear Protective Gear: Consider wearing safety glasses to protect your eyes from sparks and debris. Avoid loose clothing that could catch fire easily.

Fireworks and Pets

Pets can be especially vulnerable during fireworks displays. The loud noises and bright lights can cause anxiety and panic. Keep your pets indoors in a quiet, secure area. Consult your veterinarian for additional ways to reduce their stress during fireworks.

Post-Fireworks Cleanup

After the festivities are over, be sure to thoroughly clean up all fireworks debris. Check your yard and surrounding areas for any remaining fire hazards. Dispose of all used fireworks properly, soaking them in water before placing them in a metal trash can.

In Case of Fire or Injury

Accidents can happen. In the event of a fire, evacuate the area immediately and call 911. For injuries, seek medical attention promptly. Knowing first aid for burns and having a first aid kit on hand can also be beneficial.

Call STOP Restoration for Help with Property Damage

If you experience property damage due to fireworks, STOP Restoration is here to help. Our team of experts specializes in fire and smoke damage restoration, ensuring your home is restored to its pre-loss condition swiftly and efficiently. We offer 24/7 emergency services because we understand that disasters don’t stick to a schedule.

The 4th of July is a time for celebration, but it’s crucial to prioritize safety to prevent accidents and property damage. By following these fireworks safety tips, you can enjoy a spectacular and safe Independence Day. We wish you a happy 4th of July!