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Enjoying the Fireworks: Fire Safety This Summer

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

Fireworks The NFPA reports that every year, the number of fires started by fireworks exceeds 19,500.

The 4th of July, in addition to many other summer festivities, are often distinguished by fireworks. The two go hand-in-hand; you can’t really have summer without fireworks. The National Fire Protection Agency reports that consumer fireworks- that is, fireworks marketed to people who are not professionals- account for thousands of injuries every year. The potential pitfalls of fireworks being utilized by those who are not professionals range from fires to devastating burn injuries, and even death. Therefore, it is important to be familiar with the safety risks associated with fireworks before your summer celebrations. 

Fireworks and Their Fire Safety Hazards

The NFPA offers a list of fire safety statistics associated with fireworks. They report that every year, the number of fires started by fireworks exceeds 19,500. This means that unprofessional fireworks threaten the safety of properties, both residential and commercial, in the surrounding area. According to the National Safety Council, out of the 19,500 fires caused by fireworks every year, 1,300 are structural fires and 300 are vehicle fires. Both organizations advise against using fireworks at home and instead, recommend that fireworks are left to the professionals. Attend a professional fireworks show or watch a televised show in order to enjoy the holiday tradition while avoiding disaster and keeping everyone safe.

When Using Legal Fireworks…

Some consumer fireworks, like sparklers, are legal in Baltimore County, but backyard fireworks are illegal in Maryland. If you choose to use legal consumer fireworks this summer, consider these fire safety recommendations:

  • Never light fireworks indoors
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. If a child wants to hold a sparkler, make sure that an adult is present to supervise, as sparklers burn at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in case a fire ignites
  • Once the fireworks finish burning, hose them down or douse them with water before disposing of them to make sure that they are completely extinguished

If your residential or commercial property experiences fire damage this summer, call SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County at (410) 229-0012 right away. Read more about SERVPRO Team Wall’s Residential and Commercial Fire Damage Restoration services and our Fire Damage Restoration Process on our website. Trust SERVPRO to thoroughly restore your home or business after a fire damage emergency, whether large or small.

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