Posted June 9th, 2015 by Fire & Life Safety America

Fireworks are a common part of Fourth of July, which is an exciting upcoming celebration for the United States and of the nation’s history. While displays of fireworks can be great to watch, they come with potential dangers. More fires in the United States are reported on the Fourth of July compared to other days, in the average year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Fireworks resulted in about 17,800 reported fires in 2011.

It is important to take the right fire and life safety precautions when using fireworks and when watching the displays of fireworks. There are many ways to stay safe when using fireworks. Here are some tips to use to make sure you practice fire safety methods on the Fourth of July.

  1. Make sure to use legal fireworks. Regulations can vary based on local rules and state rules.
  2. Store fireworks in a cool and dry location.
  3. Do not allow children to play with fireworks. Children should not collect the remnants of fireworks either. Make sure to watch kids and avoid letting them stay too close to the fireworks. They should not be allowed to ignite the fireworks.
  4. Avoid trying to re-light fireworks that were not completely ignited the first time. If the fireworks do not work properly, use water after approximately 20 minutes and throw the fireworks away.
  5. Have a water supply, such as a bucket of water, nearby in case of any potential issues. It is also beneficial to keep first aid kits nearby.
  6. Maintain a safe distance from the fireworks when you are lighting them. Do not stand over the fireworks and equipment as you are about to set off a display of fireworks.
  7. Do not light the fireworks in a location near bushes and leaves.
  8. Do not play with the fireworks and do not throw them.
  9. Follow the directions that are present on the labeling and packaging of the fireworks as you are launching them.
  10. Do not allow pets to be located near the fireworks. Tell neighbors and others who are near your fireworks displays ahead of time, so they are aware of the fireworks in advance. For example, they can make sure their pets are not outside, and they will be aware of the noise.
  11. Avoid setting off the fireworks near buildings.
  12. Use proper protection for your eyes and your hands.
  13. Make sure to light each of the fireworks one by one. Do not combine different sets of fireworks.
  14. Use the fireworks outside. Do not set them off in containers such as metal containers or glass containers.
  15. Clean the area and dispose of fireworks properly after you are finished using them.

Fire and Life Safety America provides a variety of fire safety services. Fire and life safety precautions are a main focus at FLSA. FLSA offers services such as the installation of equipment including fire sprinkler systems and smoke alarms, reparation of fire safety equipment, and the maintenance of fire safety equipment. Other equipment can include hydrants, emergency lights, and suppression systems. FLSA makes sure to follow the proper fire codes and to keep your facility ready and protected. We will ensure that the fire safety systems are customized for your company or a residential area. FLSA can also perform fire and life safety inspections for a residential property or companies.

It is important to follow the right fire safety methods when using fireworks. We hope you have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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