July 4rth fireworks PRECAUTIONS !
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 explosives damages your house or a neighbors.
You may believe “kiddie” fireworks like sparklers or pop-pops aren’t dangerous. But even they can cause fires or serious injuries. In fact, sparklers caused more than one-quarter of fireworks-related damages
Although pretty to look at, firecrackers and the like can cause serious injuries. So, if you’re going to celebrate this July Fourth with firecrackers or other explosives, consider taking the following precautions before the festivities begin:
- Always have adult supervision when handling fireworks
- Never use them while intoxicated
- Don’t let children play with fireworks, including sparklers
- It should go without saying, but don’t throw or aim them at other people
- Have a hose, bucket of water, or fire extinguisher nearby
- Always wear safety glasses when lighting fireworks
- Keep all spectators at a reasonable and safe distance
- Keep dogs and other pets away from them too
- Follow and read the directions carefully
- Allow used fireworks to stand for at least 20 minutes
- Later, cover them in water, then drain and put them in plastic bag before throwing them away
- Do the same with any “duds” that don’t go off after a few minutes
- Also, don’t try to relight these duds
- Never shoot fireworks from a metal or glass container
- Only use them outdoors on a flat, fireproof, hard surface that’s free from flammable material
- Don’t put any body part near a firework
If you light a firework on July Forth and it accidentally starts a fire in your house, your SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County and China Grove will be here to return your home back to it's Pre-loss condition.