Staying Safe After the Last Sparkler Sizzles
Now that we’ve had a day to let the smoke settle in and around the area, it’s time for you and your families to start thinking about what you want to do with your remaining fireworks (provided you didn’t blow them all off on Sunday).
Option 1: Safe Storage
1. Remove sources of ignition from the storage area. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, consumer grade fireworks will not explode when ignited in a storage setting; but they will burn, so play it safe with any sources of ignition.
2. Store fireworks in a closed container. Plastic tubs with lids are ideal for keeping fireworks dry.
3. Place fireworks away from other materials that could catch fire easily. This includes cardboard boxes, newspapers, pallets or parked cars.
4. Test your smoke detector and fire extinguishers. Fireworks, when stored properly, should not increase the likelihood for a fire in your house – but it’s always a good reminder to check the batteries in all of our smoke detectors and make sure your extinguishers are full and not past their expiration dates.
5. Store fireworks in a secure room or building. You should be able to lock the building or room to prevent your kids or pets from accessing them.
Option 2: Take Advantage of Amnesty Day
Don’t want to hassle with storing fireworks or concerned something might go wrong? If so, you should probably consider taking advantage of the Metro Area Fireworks Amnesty Day. City, state, county and federal law enforcement agencies are teaming up to host the hassle-free amnesty day on Saturday, July 17, 2010. That’s right – we said hassle-free. They’re not only accepting fireworks from anyone and everyone, they are also taking in ammunition and guns – no questions asked.
These blogs were written by various members of the CHI Health care teams.