Fireworks bring joy to people from all walks of life, whether you’re the one lighting them or you‘re just watching how it lights up the sky and brightens the night. Either way, it’s important to know the risks of using fireworks and the safety measures we have to be aware of to avoid untoward incidents.
According to NFPA’s Fireworks Fires and Injuries report, an estimated 19,500 fires started by fireworks were reported to local US fire departments in 2018. These fires caused five civilian deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage. To help address this situation, we have listed some safety tips to avoid serious injuries and millions of dollars in property loss.
1. Don’t use or patronize illegal fireworks. Use only State Fire Marshal-approved fireworks. Local ordinances should be verified before purchasing or using fireworks.
2.Fireworks are not toys. As such, don’t play with them. Moreover, children should never be allowed to light fireworks. Just in case, close adult supervision is advised.
3.Never use fireworks near dry grass or other flammable materials. Flammable liquids, such as gasoline, should be kept at a safe distance.
4. Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies. A small spark can be controlled with adequate water and tools. It is also a good idea to keep a garden hose near or attached to outdoor faucets.
5. If a firework does not go off after it is lit, don’t ever attempt to fix or re-light it. Never experiment with fireworks! It is also wise to pour water over so as not to tempt other people to pick it up and play with it.
6. Don’t attempt to light fireworks when you have been drinking alcohol. Alcohol affects the part of the brain that controls how your body works, slows down your movements and your ability to make sound decisions, and the ability to be in control.
7. Reading is a must! Read all fireworks instructions carefully.
Fires have devastating impacts on people, property, and the environment. Let us all be responsible enough to take precautionary measures, act fast and think fast in case of fires. Disaster preparedness is still one of the best options to prevent large uncontrolled fires from happening.
However, accidents still happen even when we do all preventive measures. If there is a fire at home, you will need to hire a professional fire mitigation and restoration company. Our staff at SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto are fully trained to clean up and restore your home if there is a fire.