The Fourth of July is tomorrow, which means it's time to light the fuse and let freedom ring! However all the freedom ringing is best left to the professionals. In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. An estimated 1,200 of those were from small firecrackers and sparklers.
You've probably heard it said "What comes up must come down." The laws of physics apply to fireworks also. An average of 18,500 fires are caused by fireworks each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires.
Fireworks are not something to take lightly, but if you do choose to create your own neighborhood spectacle, read through our tips to keep everyone and their belongings safe.
Please Keep it Legal
The first step in planning your celebration is finding out what is legal in your area. Consumers can purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer-grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out-of-state residents.
“Display fireworks,” which are classified as including salutes that contain more than two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials, and professional-grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, are still only to be used by professionals with a permit from the municipality where the display will take place.
What are the restrictions on where they can be used?
These additional tips will help to prevent spending your Fourth in an emergency room.
Even better, grab a blanket and head to one of the local professional firework shows in your area!
Have a great Fourth from Baker Insurance.