Protecting Your Homes From Fire During The 4th Of July

fire damage restoration minneapolis, fire damage repair minneapolis, smoke damage restoration minneapolisWho doesn’t love the 4th of July! Besides my Dad’s dog and probably other cute, 4-legged critters out there, I can’t 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 is an alarming amount of house fires each year due to accidents with fireworks.  When doing research for this blog, I found that 20,000 fires annually are blamed on fireworks… shocking I know!  Sparklers came in #1 for the most dangerous cause of fires and injuries. I also found out that most home insurance policies usually do not cover fire or smoke damage from accidents with illegal fireworks, which makes sense to 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 the 4th of July usually means an increase in 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 of them in a metal container with lid
  • Always have a hose or extinguisher close by
  • If your Minneapolis home suffers from fire damage, contact a professional fire damage restoration company like 24Restore immediately.

Team 24Restore wishes Minneapolis a very happy and safe Independence Day!


The People ~The Equipment ~ The Expertise

“24Restore came within an hour of our water damage to assess the problem and restore and reconstruct our kitchen and my office. Everyone from 24Restore was professional, kind and did an outstanding job of damage assessment and restoration.”

- Barbara R.

Your service was excellent. The young man was thorough and very dedicated to completing the job. He’s a good one. I would recommend your services to anyone who need them.

- Keith

Your team has been absolutely amazing, professional, sympathetic and wonderful. They took my mess and made it manageable as I shed a few tears, which they also consoled with empathy. At a time when we have floods and tornados city wide you responded within hours. Thank, I am impressed and I have passed the word on to many.

- Genie

Very good experience……everyone I dealt with through 24 Restore was very professional and very kind.

- Nancy

This note is a note of thanks and appreciation of the services provided…..we could even say our home looks better than before we incurred our water damage…Job well done!

- Jay and Susan

I don’t often take the time to write a follow up complimentary letter. However I was very impressed with 24 Restore and felt they went above and beyond to surpass expectations with WOW service. Thank you for the great service and great job that your team did to get my house back in shape.

- Jane

I have recommended them to many of my friends. They are the only service that I have ever used that always gets my stains out and that clean my carpets beautifully. I can’t say enough good thins about them

- Laura

Thank you for all the work put in to get out home……It would have been an impossible task for us to have accomplished in such a short time. We appreciate all that you have done for us! We are so grateful!

- Ken and Kathe

Yes. I appreciated the ability to funnel all activities thru a one-stop shop proved to be very valuable in a disaster project such as ours demo, construction and finish as well as work directly with insurance company. The team has been professional and those on site have been respectful of our home and schedule.

- Reed

Alex did a great job scheduling, coordinating, and keeping me informed. He made sure that everything was done in a timely manner. I always felt that my job was a priority. All the workmen did a great job and were very polite. I am pleased with the results. I would highly recommend your company!

- Linda – Minneapolis

From the time of initial contact to the time of job completion was 24 hrs. Very pleased with job outcome. Will definitely use you again. If ever in need.

- Kevin – St. Paul

Response time was awesome. We we’re bewildered by what was happening and what needed to be done. 24hr came in and took care of what needed to be done.

- Susan – Plymouth

I thought 24 was very professional and timely work.

- Veronica – Lake Elmo

24Restore was very responsive and did a thorough job plus they cleaned up after themselves.

- Jean – St. Cloud

The job was exceptionally well done. You were recommended to me by Dennis Carlson, a freind and I would definatley refer 24restore to friends and family.

- Jan – Anoka

Very Professional!

- Gordon – Andover

Everyone was on top of everything and got back to me in a reasonable time. Clean up was done absolutely perfect at the end of each job.

- Pam – Arden Hills

The guys who worked here were great, polite, personable and hard workers. They did a great job! So thankful this is over!

- Ron and Jackie – Minneapolis

Working with the employees at 24restore has been an easy process. They aimed to please.

Kudos to Shelli Abraham especially, she worked with the mortgage company and insurance company so I didn’t have to, I’m a caregiver for my husband with Dementia, she took the pressure off having to deal with them, thanks Shelli.

- Sharon and Ray Kelly – Maple Grove MN
Over 2000 Reviews!