Safety Tips for Independence Day 2021

Jun 14, 2021 | From The CEO

The 4th of July is just around the corner. We may not be able to celebrate it the way we used to but there are still so many ways to celebrate the declaration of our independence. Usually, this is usually celebrated with apple pies, barbecue grill, beer, and a lot of sparklers. The bigger your fireworks the better.

Impending Celebrations

Today, with the whole pandemic situation, it is best to keep everything safe and celebrations small. This does not really mean that we cannot celebrate. We can still sing America the Beautiful, we just need to be extra careful in celebrating our country’s independence.

Did you know according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission; we have a lot of fire-related accidents?

According to their annual report back 2019:

Death and Injuries:

  • CPSC or Consumer Product Safety Commission team was able to get a total of 12 non-occupational, and firework-related accidents causing death last 2019. Seven of which were connected to incorrect usage of the fireworks, 2 counts of death connected to the firework device not working or ignited late. 3 reports were associated with unknown circumstances. Bear in mind that the reports collected last 2019 were not all reported and incomplete. 7 deaths are considered the minimum in comparison to the previous years.
  • An estimated number of 10,000 injuries treated in emergency rooms in North American Hospital during the calendar year of 2019. The average rate of firework-related injuries across the United States is 31.1 per 100,000 people.
  • However, there is no remarkable increase or decrease of emergencies reported in the hospital between the years 2004 until 2019.
  • A total average of 7,300 firework-related injuries or at least 70% of the total reported incidents were all treated in the U.S. hospital emergency department during the 1 month special study period between the last week of June to the 3rd week July, covering of course the 4th of July. That numbers were in between 4,700 to 9,900 reports.

For more details, please review their annual report here.

Fourth of July Common Injuries

Always remember that the most frequently injured part of your body affected by fireworks are hands, neck, and eyes. Cuts, bruises, and bumps are common to happen in these cases, but the most are burns inflicted even from the small innocent-looking firecracker.

  • Hand Burns – the most common part of the body that gets injured with firecrackers
  • Eye Injuries
  • Hand Fractures and Lacerations
  • Facial Injuries
  • Loss of Finger
  • Hearing Loss

Kinds of Firecrackers

And according to seeker.ca; here is the list of the common fireworks that cause accidents even if they are available legally.

Bottle rockets

are very popular fireworks and are thought to be harmless. They usually have a cylindrical case that is fastened to a stick that may be placed in a bottle to control its direction. But, if the firework was not handled properly, it can cause or lead to injuries. These bottle rockets account for 2 percent (2%) of the total injuries caused by this specific device each year.

Fountains

though are ground-based fireworks, shoots and showers sparks and whistles and crackles. They are also called volcanoes due to the shape is it generally in. They are legally available for purchase across the United States. And over 100 people yearly, are reported to be injured by this specific firework, although only causing minor burns.

A lot of people buy fireworks that are endorsed for children with an idea that they are safer. Fireworks like smoke bombs, poppers, and snakes are the most known. Due to the popularity of children who are not familiar with the usage of such items, accidents happen every year. Five percent (5%) are all firework injuries involving children with the “child-friendly” fireworks.

Banned in some states across the States due to its danger, Mortars are still available in places where firecrackers can be purchased. The firecracker powder is placed inside a tube with a long enough fuse to be lit and a person that will ignite it should be fast to run away once the fuse is lit. On average, at least 10% of reported accidents are connected to Mortars.

Multi shots or cakes has a totally different experience once connected and properly used. It’s a group of firecrackers connected to create different effects and a series of explosions once lit. At least 22% of reported incidents are connected to this series of fireworks.

One of the most popular fireworks is the Roman Candle. It ejects one or more exploding shells that shoot out from the tube it was encased on. Once ignited from the fuse on top of the stick, it should be held upright towards the sky and as far away from people as possible. It is designed in a way that there would be delays or intervals between the shells and the powder to burn slowly. Warnings are placed in its packaging and instruction on how to use them after they are lit. But accidents still happen simply because a lot of people continually ignore the warnings. 

Sparklers

are probably considered the most harmless of all legal fireworks. Sparklers lead to as many as 20 percent of firework injuries. Children who are not familiar with holding a burning stick may not realize how to handle the small fireworks. Due to kids not being familiar with how to use these fireworks, kids tend to run around with them. The most common incident connected to these are kids having their hair burnt or worse, they get entangled with the sparklers themselves.

Other than physical harm due to fireworks, there are incidents that need to be looked at over the 4th of July celebration.

Did you know? According to American Automobile Association, certain reports estimate that at least a 37million people will be driving countless miles to be able to go home over the July 4th celebration. Vehicular accidents are very common over the weekend, even as bad as car crashes. There are reports that there are almost 200 deaths over the holiday weekend. Speeding and drunk driving are two of the major causes of crashes over the Fourth of July. The more you know…

Safety First!

Because of all the celebrations, it is very easy to forget about safety, especially after a few swigs of your favorite beer or rum. So, we strongly suggest that we do follow safety protocols before everything gets busy. We need to make sure to include safety in ALL of your event planning. 

Here are things that you should consider when you are planning a fourth of July celebration.

House Safety Over Fireworks:

  • Clear your roof gutters. One huge reason for roof fire is because there are dried leaves in your gutters. This is extremely flammable and will cause the fire to spread easily. 
  • Put water sprinklers on your backyard and front yard. This might sound excessive on water, but when those fire debris hit your grass, you’ll be happy that the water sprinklers are on.
  • Remove all dried bush around your house. Same principle with the dried leaves on your roof gutter. Plus, it will make for a good family photo to see the only fresh bush in the background. Right?
  • Water all the trees and bark. Yes, even the barks. Remember those wood chips on your barbecue? Yup… they can catch fire too. So, make sure you wet the tree trunks also.
  • Trim the trees, while you’re at it. Roman candles can seem harmless, but those small fireballs that it shoots out can easily hit the tree and cause some damage.
  • Check your insurance policies about house fires. It is always important to check on your insurance is up to date just in case an accident arises.

Here are some other tips that you might want to follow:

  1. Never light up any sparklers and fireworks inside your house. (I know, it may sound so simple. But the common victims of firecrackers are kids. 
  2. As much as possible, do not allow children to hold any firecrackers. If cannot be helped. Make sure that they are supervised.
  3. Some parents consider sparklers to be “safe fireworks. However, they can reach temperatures of 1800 degrees and can easily ignite clothing. Sparklers are a leading cause of firework-related injury.
  4. Firework-related injuries often happen when a parent or an adult is present. Therefore, supervision alone is not enough to prevent serious injuries.
  5. One in four firework-related injuries to children happens to bystanders. Your children can still be injured if they are around people who are using fireworks.
  6. Teach your children the dangers of fireworks.
  7. We suggest enjoying fireworks through the public display by trained professionals.

Last Takeaway

With all this information, it’s clear to see why it’s always better to be prepared for such incidents not just for personal usage but more so for your house. It is always good to check what kind of insurance is available for you and your house. 

But a very critical reminder for everyone reading this. We are still in the middle of a global pandemic and we might not be able to celebrate this 4th of July the way we wanted to. It is important to bear in mind that your safety should be your priority. There are more reasons to celebrate and more 4th of July to come. 

Celebration is always fun and festive, but never forget the true reason why we celebrate the 4th of July. It is that day where we claimed our independence. And if we all keep safe and fight the spread of the COVID19 virus, we might get a better 4th of July in the years to come. But for now… Keep Safe!!!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

Declaration of Independence

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