Warm campfires for your s’mores, roaring hearths during the holidays, controlled forest and crop burns – we have used fire to better our lives throughout the ages. We’ve also taken some liberties (pun intended) when it comes to celebrating our liberty and freedom on July 4th and ringing in the New Year with our loved ones all around us. As with all things, we must be careful, especially when dealing with fireworks. Here’s a little bit of information and how-to’s on how you can be cautious with these sometimes dangerous substances, and still have fun!
Don’t Be a Statistic
Whether it’s fires in the backyard, sparklers in the front yard, candles on the dinner table, or whistling rockets shooting into the sky – we all love to have a good time and celebrate the holidays. Piper Fire Protection takes these times of year as an opportunity to bring awareness and educate our community on fire and life safety. It may surprise you to know that per a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in approximately 15,600 injuries in 2020. Even more surprising, is the fact that children under the age of 5 years old made up 11% of fireworks-related injuries. We can all work harder on being safer, and we’d love to share some tips with you on how!
How To Celebrate Responsibly
- We recommend you keep a hand-held residential fire extinguisher on hand at all times and if that’s not possible, have a hose or bucket of water nearby. You can pick-up fire extinguishers at any local home improvement store or you can call us to see if we have any to provide. Call us at 1-800-327-7604 today!
- Lighters and matches should only be held and used by responsible adults. Children should never come in contact with used or unused matches or sparklers.
- Keep Your Distance! You should not be within 10-12 feet of fireworks when they are lit or being used. After they’ve been launched and returned to earth, you should ensure that they are properly put out and have completely cooled off before disposing of them.
- Store your unused fireworks in dry, cool storage areas so as to avoid any potential damage. Avoid keeping them in hot places such as attics, unventilated sheds, outside, etc.
Have Fun and Be Safe!
If you’re curious about Florida regulation on firework use, please see the state law that Gov. DeSantis signed into act in 2020. When it comes down to it, Piper Fire loves to celebrate the holidays with everyone and we love to see our community safe. If you’re interested in learning more about fire and life safety, you can check out our website or join us for one of our quarterly classes where we teach you all about fire protection.
Written By: Marlana Sadorf
Date Posted: February 15, 2022