Are you ready to get with family and friends, fire up the grill, and celebrate Independence Day?
Don’t let all of the excitement of the holiday push fire safety out of your mind. Independence Day celebrations can easily – and often do – result in fires that cause severe burns, blindness, or in extreme cases, even death.
Around 70% of all fireworks-related injuries happen between June 20th and July 20th, and children under the age of 15 make up 40% of those injuries. So double-check that you live within one of 290 communities that permit state-approved fireworks before making the decision to purchase and/or use them – and do so with caution.
Firework Facts & Figures
- In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires
- Hospital emergency rooms treat an estimate of 10,000 fireworks-related injuries
- The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children 5-19, and adults 25-44
- On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than any other day, fireworks account for two out of the five reported
Grilling Safety Tips
- Place your barbecue away from the sides of buildings/awnings/overhangs
- Never barbecue in enclosed areas as carbon monoxide is produced
- Keep a fire extinguisher near the barbecue, they cause thousands of fires a year
- Keep all matches, lighters, and lighter fluid in a safe place away from children and pets
- Be sure your bbq grill is turned off or your briquettes are completely out when finished grilling
To help you stay safe this 4th of July, we wanted to share this info-graphic by Brightnest that illustrates some cool facts about the holiday along with some helpful fire safety tips. Feel free to share it with your family and friends – and we hope you have a fantastic July 4th holiday!