Fireworks Safety 101

 

 

For most of us, the 4th of July is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends while having fun creating precious memories. We want your holiday to be happy and safe. Here are some firework tips we put together to help keep your family and your home safe.

 

*Be sure to check your communities ordinance for firework laws and regulations*

 

Protecting Your Family:

To minimize the risk of injury, don’t use consumer fireworks. Instead, attend one of the many public displays around your surrounding area. But if using consumer fireworks, always follow instructions. Do not attempt to re-light “duds” or create homemade fireworks. Never let children handle or light fireworks; even sparklers, which can cause third-degree burns. A responsible adult should always be present.

Protecting Your Home:

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the best way to protect your home is to not use fireworks. If you do use consumer fireworks, check with your insurance company to ensure you have the proper home insurance coverage’s.

If you are going to use fireworks at home, be sure you’re lighting them in a safe area. A safe area means away from homes and buildings. Fireworks can cause grass fires, as well as blazes in trim limbs, trimmings or bushes. Soaking the bushes around your home with water can help to deter fires from starting. Clean your gutters and free them of any debris like leaves and pine needles before using fireworks near your home. A fire extinguisher should be kept nearby in case of an emergency.