Protecting your home from fires this 4th of July

fireworksWho doesn’t love the 4th of July!!! Well I know my aunt’s 2 dogs don’t, but other than that I cant think of one person! When I think about the 4th of July I think of Strawberries and Watermelon and the delicious smell of brats, burgers and hot dogs on the grill… and of course those gorgeous fireworks!!! As beautiful as they are there are an alarming amount of house fires each year due to accidents with fireworks. When doing research for this blog, I found that nearly 20,000 fires annually are blamed on fireworks… shocking I know!!! Sparklers came in Number 1 for most dangerous cause of fires and injuries. I also found out that most Home insurance policies will not cover fire or smoke damage from accidents with illegal fireworks, which makes sense so make sure you know your state laws on fireworks.

Firework and Sparkler Safety

Although SUPER fun, it’s important to remember that fireworks are dangerous explosives, or TNT as my kids call them! It’s no wonder that professional companies and fire departments are in charge of most public displays! Before you stock up on all sorts of firecrackers and bottle rockets know your local laws and regulations on when, where and what you may legally light off. Another very important fact to remember is alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter”!!!

When setting off fireworks of any kind, follow these SIX simple yet important safety tips:

  • Keep fireworks at least 30 ft away from children… and Pets; they lose fingers, toes and eyes to fireworks accidents, and many are burned by even something as tame-seeming as sparkler — which burns at up to 2,000 degrees.
  • Never point fireworks at others… Always point them to the sky!
  • Choose a wide-open area outside Preferably on a flat, hard surface like pavement.
  • Avoid lighting fireworks on grass, near trees, buildings, houses or in containers.
  • Wear eye protection.
  • Have a way to put out a fire handy — a fire extinguisher, hose, or bucket of water. Put used fireworks into a bucket of water.

Grill Safety

Because 4th of July usually means excessive grilling I felt it important to add some grilling tips in this blog also! Whether you are a charcoal fan or propane, one thing is certain… grills can be dangerous. In fact, a recent report from the National Fire Protection Association counted some 8,600 annual fires started by cooking equipment. While it is one of my favorite things in the world and is considered an American pastime, grilling requires constant attention and responsibility.

This Independence Day and all summer long, do your part to reduce house fires while cooking out by following these six easy tips:

  • Never leave a grill unattended!
  • Do not grill while drinking alcohol or taking medications that cause drowsiness
  • Do not use utensils or accessories that are not labeled for high-heat and open flame
  • Check propane tanks and lines before each use, to ensure no leaks or damage
  • Always wait for coals and ash to cool before disposing in a metal container with lid
  • Always have a hose or extinguisher close by

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