Fourth of July Safety Tips

June 26, 2013

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – Summer is heating up and the Fourth of July is just around the corner. Before you fire up the grill and don your red, white and blue, take a peek at the information below on fireworks safety to give you some tips on how to keep your family entertained and safe while celebrating our nation’s independence.

Traditionally, the festivities of the 4th present the greatest fire danger to citizens – the Phoenix Fire Department responds to more fires on this day than any other day of the year. Every year the Fourth of July results in a large number of fires and burn injuries; most fires occur in dry brush and grass, but some of these fires destroy property and homes. Fires on the 4th are typically caused by the careless handling of fireworks, even though most fireworks are illegal to use in Phoenix with the exception of novelty items, or special use permit. Remember, just because a firework is legal to purchase doesn’t mean that it’s legal to set off.

Click the link below to read more about firework use in the city of Phoenix http://phoenix.gov/fire/prevention/permits/fireworks.

To see a chart that will help you determine whether or not a firework is legal or illegal to use in the city of Phoenix, click on the following link

Many people don’t realize that sparklers are the greatest danger to children, especially young children. The tip of a sparkler can burn at a temperature of almost 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which can easily cause a nasty burn. Make sure children are constantly supervised when handling sparklers, or any firework, even the novelty items.

If a child or adult is injured by a firework, seek medical attention immediately. Two of the most common fireworks-related injuries are burns and eye wounds. If someone is burned, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool, not cold, water over the burn (do not use ice). Call your doctor or visit the hospital immediately if the burn is severe (large red and blistering, or white/black and charred looking). If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow the injured person to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage. Also, don’t flush the eye out with water or attempt to put any ointment on it. Instead, cut out the bottom of a paper cup, place it around the eye, and immediately seek medical attention — this individual’s eyesight may depend on it.

In 2011, nearly 200 people went to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month surrounding the July 4th holiday. If fireworks are part of your holiday plans, make sure to exercise caution when using legal novelty items like snappers, snap caps, glow worms, snakes, party poppers, toy smoke devices, and sparklers. If you’re going to use these consumer fireworks please follow some basic safety tips:
• Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
• If you are in an area experiencing drought-like conditions, reconsider using fireworks due to the increase in fire risk.
• Never allow young children to handle fireworks – older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
• Light fireworks one at a time in a clear outdoor area away from onlookers, houses, and flammable materials.
• Do not aim fireworks at another individual, and never place any part of your body over a firework.
• Never carry fireworks in a pocket, or shoot them off in metal or glass container.
• Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
• After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
• Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured.
• Remember, if your house burns down due to illegal fireworks, most insurance companies will not pay.
Of course, the safest way to view fireworks on the 4th is to attend a professional fireworks display. There are plenty of free celebrations and displays in the Valley planned for this red, white, and blue holiday season.

Happy 4th of July from our AM/PM Restoration Services, LLC family, to yours!

 

Resources:
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2012/06/cpsc-science-fireworks-injuries
Phoenix Fire Department
http://phoenix.gov/fire/safety/fire/fireworks/index.html

 

Josephine D’Ippolito
Director of Sales & Marketing
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jdippolito@ampmrestoration.com

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