4th of July Safety
4th of July is just around the Corner, for many Americans, July Fourth is a day to lounge by the pool, barbecue, and watch fireworks. But before you celebrate with a bang this year, make sure you’re prepared. What if one of the explosions damages your house or a neighbors.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says people report more fires on the Fourth of July than on any other day in the year.
Children are particularly at risk. Those between five to nine years old are the most likely to be hurt by fireworks. Kids 10 to 19 followed as the second most vulnerable group. In 2018 alone, firecrackers and similar explosives injured nearly 10,000 youths.
You may believe “kiddie” fireworks like sparklers or bloomers aren’t dangerous. But they can cause fires or serious injuries. In fact, sparklers caused more than one-quarter of fireworks-related damage in 2014. That makes a lot of sense after you hear sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.