Firework Fun after the 4th
The 4th of July is over but the firework fun has just begun.
Fireworks cause over 18,500 fires per year with an average of 43 million dollars in direct property damage.
Did you know that sparklers burn at 1200 fahrenheit? That is hot enough to cause third degree burns and start a fire with just about anything.
A few safety tips for you and your family this hot summer
Only adults should use fireworks- the vast majority of firework related fires and injuries are from children under the age of 15.
Light fireworks in clear, open areas- make sure the area being used to set off fireworks is clear from any dry and possibly flammable grass or debris.
Have fire extinguishers ready- it is always a good idea to understand how to properly use a fire extinguisher and have one readily available any time you use fireworks.
Know how to handle firework duds- if a firework does not "go off" do not try to re-light it. Let it rest for 15-20 minutes then throw water on it and allow it to sit for another 15 minutes before disposing it.
light fireworks on a flat surface- If the firework is let off on a slanted surface it could fall over and aim in an entirely different direction than intended, leading to possible injury or damage to near bye admirers and structures.
Light fireworks carefully- It is important to create as much distance between you and the firework when lighting it so try for an extended match or an extended butane lighter.
Do not experiment with fireworks- Never tamper with the original design of a firework.
Every one at SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County is wishing you a happy and safe 2019 summer!