According to the NFPA more fires are reported on the 4th of July than on any other day of the year. What is the cause? Fireworks. So think twice before you try to launch fireworks at your celebration! Even consumer fireworks cause thousands of people to become injured each year.
Here are a few things to remember this 4th of July…
- Leave fireworks to the professionals. Don’t attempt to hold your own fireworks display.
- Check your local newspaper to find out about the public fireworks displayed in your community. This is the safest way to enjoy fireworks. These events are run by trained professionals.
- Keep children away from fireworks. Even after a fireworks display, children should not touch any remains of the fireworks. They may still be active.
- Consumer fireworks like sparklers can emit a temperature of up to 1200ْ F. So use caution! Keep sparklers away from your face and skin.
Enjoy your holiday weekend!
These fire facts are brought to you by Team Firestopper! We’re working to stop fires before they start in your community! For more information or fire tips, visit www.chicagoredcross.org/tfs or www.redcross.org/homefires!
Sources: American Red Cross and the National Fire Protection Association