- In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires and 400 vehicle fires.
- Far more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year. In a typical year, fireworks account for 2 out of 5 of all reported fires on Independence Day, more than any other cause of fire.
- Fireworks are the riskiest consumer product; the risk of fire death relative to hours of usage is higher for fireworks than for cigarettes.
- Temperatures of many fireworks can exceed 1200 degrees Farenheit.
- In 2013, U.S. emergency rooms saw an estimated 11.400 people fore fireworks-related injuries. Sparklers alone account for 41% of these injuries.
- The risk of fireworks injury is highest for the 0-4 age group, followed by children 10 to 14 years of age.
Fireworks SafetyThe best way to protect your family from a fireworks injury is to leave the fireworks to the professionals. There are many publich fireworks displays that you can attend instead of doing fireworks at home. However, if you must enjoy fireworks at home, be sure to follow these precautions:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper, as this is often a sign they were designed for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that many young children suffer injuries from sparklers.
- Always read and follow the directions on the label.
- Never place any part of your body over a firework when lighting the fuse.
- Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Use fireworks outdoors in a safe, non-wooded area.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time and then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Never shoot fireworks off in metal or glass containers.
- Keep spectators a safe distance away from where fireworks are being ignited.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the remnants in plenty of water froma bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a trash fire.
Fireworks can be the cause of many different insurance claims from catching your home or vehicle on fire to personal injury. Make sure your Lake of the Ozarks insurance coverage is up-to-date in all categories before the holiday weekend! Insure the Lake wishes you a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!
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About the Author: Steve is a double back-flip insurance ninja. He was named Young Insurance Agent of the Year by the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents in 2010 and is a Certified Insurance Counselor. When he is not helping customers, he enjoys community service, Latin dancing with his beautiful wife and going on adventures with his two awesome sons.
Steve Naught, CIC
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