Ten Tips for Fireworks and Fire Safety This 4th of July
By Bryan Longoria:
It’s hard to believe it is July already. With July comes celebrating our independence and a bundle of annual events; barbecues, the annual 4th of July Pet Parade, my dog going nuts from fireworks and, of course, Pilot Butte catching fire.
But Pilot Butte isn’t the only thing smoking on July 5th; Fireworks led to about 17,800 fires in 2011 alone and grills caused 8,600 home fires annually between 2007 and 2011, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
While we may not be able to keep the Butte from burning down, we can keep your house from suffering a similar fate. We have some fireworks and fire safety tips to keep the charcoal in your grill and off of your deck – we are, after all, Central Oregon’s fire restoration pros.
Ten Tips From The Crew That’s Seen it All
- Space for your Grill: Keep a 3-foot “safe zone” around your grill or campfire free from overhangs.
- Keep your grill clean after every use to prevent grease fires.
- After the coals have completely cooled, place your used coals in a metal can with a lid.
- Restrain from using fireworks and pyrotechnics not authorized for use in Oregon. You can find those details on the City of Bend’s website.
- Never use fireworks under or near dry or flammable structures or surfaces.
- Ensure that an adult is present during the lighting of fireworks and that spectators are a safe distance from the display area.
- Never alter or make your own fireworks or pyrotechnic displays.
- Have a bucket or water or hose ready to soak or douse any used or defective fireworks before of disposing them.
- As always, ensure that your home or property has a “defensible space” around your home free of weeds or dried plants to ensure that any home or yard fires do not spread onto your property.
- Call 9-1-1 as soon as you notice any unintended fire ignition or smoke.
A lot or this information may seem like common sense, but over 8,700 Americans were treated at the emergency room for injuries related to fireworks in 2012 with 200 people visiting the hospital daily in the month around July Fourth. Be sure to keep your family and home safe this year. You can check out the City of Bend’s Fire Prevention resources for further reading and even schedule an audit or inspection for you home.
So remember: Be Prepared, Be Safe and Be Responsible this Fourth!
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