With the 4th of July holiday upon us, many are dreaming of fireworks, BBQs, frosty beverages and family fun while fire safety is not in the forefront of our minds. There are typically more fires reported on 4th of July than any other day of the year along with thousands being sent to the emergency room for holiday-related injuries. We don’t want you to skip the party so be aware of these facts and tips as you celebrate!
- July 8th, 1776 was the first time fireworks were used to celebrate Independence Day
- 70% of all fireworks related injuries happen from approximately June 20-July 20 each year
- $600 million is spent in the U.S. each year on fireworks
- Children 15 years and younger account for about 40% of the injuries
- Research the laws in your area and make sure fireworks are legal before buying them. Some areas ban them during this typically hot, dry time of year.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fireworks mishaps.
- Never try to pick up or re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned.
- 150 million hot dogs will be eaten on the 4th of July
- 74 million Americans will be grilling out on Independence Day
- 57% of grill fires on residential properties occur from May-August
- Propane is the power source involved in 69% of grill fires on residential properties
- Keep pets and kids away from active grills. Never grill indoors or in the garage, it is recommended to keep grills 10 feet away from your home.
- Only use charcoal lighter fluid. Gas, kerosene or other ignitables are unsafe.
- If a grease fire occurs, use baking soda to put it out. Call 911 if necessary.
- July 4th is one of the top 3 busiest weekends in National Parks
- Abandoned campfires on federal lands are the number one source of human-caused wildfires
- 4 million acres are burned each year due to fires caused by humans
- Make sure campfires are legal, many states ban them during the summer months.
- Keep all extra wood upwind from the flames and clear a five foot area around the fire.
- Fully extinguish the campfire by putting it out with water, stirring the area with a shovel and ensure all embers are cool.