Firework Fires in Utah
The 4th of July is right around the corner. You know what that means — Fireworks! Fireworks are a fundamental part of the celebrations of our freedom. But that doesn’t mean we are free of potential hazards.
Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires every year! These fires have lead to an average of $43 million in direct property damage every single year. Last year, 2018, in the Salt Lake City area alone there were 45 calls, generating 85 responses from the Salt Lake City Fire crews. We know that these fireworks are an integral part of the holidays, but we need to make sure we are exercising caution! Below are a few reminders to hopefully bring down that number of fires we had last year!
Make sure to Obey Local Laws
If fireworks have been listed as illegal in a certain area, this is for a reason! The state is not trying to spoil your fun by limiting the areas where you can light off your fireworks. They are trying to ensure that those areas which are drier and more susceptible to fire are protected.
Keep Buckets of Water
Make sure that you keep buckets of water on hand at all times. It is great to be able to throw sparklers or other hot fireworks into a body of water to cool them down rather than throwing them into a trashcan or on the ground where they may catch something on fire.
Don’t relight “dud” fireworks
It may be a little disheartening to spend large chunks of money on fireworks only to have them not go off after lighting them. Do not attempt to relight a “dud”. You should wait 15-20 minutes and then soak them in the previously mentioned bucket of water. These are not to be messed with.
Do not Alter or Make Homemade Fireworks
Fireworks should not be altered or combined with other fireworks in an attempt to make them bigger, louder, more powerful, etc. In addition, you should never try to create your own homemade fireworks or explosives. These can be very dangerous and are the number one cause for fires during this time!
Ensure that you are being safe, wearing shoes, and using common sense and you shouldn’t have any issues. Make sure that you are only using fireworks in the areas where they are legally allowed. Following these simple rules should allow you to safely enjoy your holiday celebrations and firework shows!