Fourth of July Fire Tips
The Fourth of July is a time that many gather together with family and friends to celebrate the United States independence. There are parades, stellar sales in stores, purchasing fireworks, grilling out and then the long awaited lighting off fireworks!
Whether you participate in the lighting or are a spectator, SERVPRO of Rochester would like to share some firework injury facts and then some safety tips.
The National Fire Protection Association reports the following staggering statistics about injuries and damages to structures on the Fourth of July day.
- Each year there are 10,000 emergency room visits due to fireworks injuries on Fourth of July
- There are 19,500 structure fires reported on the day
- Adults age 25-44 and children age 10-14 account for the most firework injuries and burns on the fourth
- 64% of injuries are males
- The leg and finger/ hand are the areas that sustain injury the most frequent due to fireworks injury
We at SERVPRO of Rochester wish you a Happy Fourth of July and hope you stay safe lighting fireworks. Here are a few tips from The American Red Cross.
- If you are attending a public show of fireworks, stay at least 500 feet away from the display.
- If you are lighting off fireworks at home, make sure you have water close by in case a fire starts.
- Supervise children.
- Light one firework at a time. Never "relight" a dud firework.