As we enter the month of warmer weather, watermelon and of course fireworks I wanted to shoot over some reminders on fire safety for preventing any kind of unwanted fire damage… which unfortunately for homes and properties can also lead to a water damage! I used to live next door to guy that shot off fireworks EVERY night the ENTIRE month of July. They were so loud and sounded like they were right on top of my house that I actually worried if my roof could or would start on fire!
Before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.
If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in kids and adults. The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home — period. Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals.
Lighting fireworks at home isn’t even legal in many areas, so if you still want to use them, be sure to check with your local police department first. If they’re legal where you live, keep these safety tips in mind:
Best Advice – Attend public fireworks displays conducted by trained professionals!!!
Another factual little tid bit…
An estimated 17,800 reported fires were started by fireworks and 9,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms back in 2011. On a typical Fourth of July, there are more fires than on any other day of the year, with fireworks accounting for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. Visit www.nfpa.org/fireworks for the report, videos and safety tips.
Incidents involving consumer fireworks lead to thousands of people being treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year. These injuries are often extremely painful and require long-term recovery.
The report also showed that the risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-19 and adults 25-44, with one-quarter (26 percent) of the victims of fireworks injuries in 2011 under age 15. Children have the highest relative risk of injury; there are no adult age groups with comparable risk.
Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, but you’ll enjoy them much more knowing your family and property is safe. Take extra precautions this July and enjoy making new memories!
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