Happy, Safe July 4th!
Nothing like a hot, dry July 4th holiday for grilling outdoors, watching fireworks, and having fun with family and friends in your Marietta or Roswell neighborhoods. With all of those fireworks, crackers and sparklers lighting up the night sky, this can be one of the most dangerous times of year for fire and fire damage to the exterior of your home and neighboring homes. In particular, give consideration to home siding, cabanas, roof lines, shade umbrellas and parked cars. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year, with fireworks accounting for 2 out of every 5 fires. Some quick tips to keep you and your property safe:
1. Know your fireworks: – Buy from a licensed retailer and make sure that what you’re using is Consumer grade. Leave the Display fireworks for the professionals. Read all safety and warning labels.
2. No illegal or homemade fireworks: – Make sure that your fireworks kits are legal. Use them exactly as they were intended and do not light multiple fireworks together.
3. Follow state and local regulations: – Know and understand what types of fireworks, if any, can be used in your area. The American Pyrotechnics Association provides information on state-by-state fireworks control laws and your local fire department will also be knowledgeable about use of fireworks in your area.
4. Have water available: – Keep a hose and a bucket of water close at hand. The hose can be used to put out stray flames or sparks from firecrackers. Hose down any duds, or fireworks that do not ignite when lit, and let them sit for at least 20 minutes before handling to ensure they aren’t delayed starters. After the wait time has elapsed, soak the firework in a bucket of water for an additional 15 to 20 minutes before disposing of it. Consider using a hose to wet the ground where the fireworks were lit after your celebration.
Keep safe and have a very Happy 4th weekend!