Every year in America, we celebrate our independence with barbecue, family fun and fireworks. While we never intend for these events to be dangerous, it doesn’t take much for something to go awry.
The National Fire Prevention Association, or NFPA, claims that nearly 18,000 fires are started every year by fireworks. The group estimates that an average of $43 million worth of damages are caused each year due to these fires, affecting both structures and vehicles.
Additionally, it’s advised that children not play with fireworks such as rockets, firecrackers and even sparklers. Sparklers have the potential to reach 1,800°F and could easily cause painful burns. The NFPA says that nearly a fourth of all emergency room injuries caused by fireworks came from sparklers in 2014.
You should also only buy legal fireworks that are properly labeled with a manufacturer’s name and operating directions. It’s also advised that you keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby to put out any small fires. Even if a firework doesn’t look hot after use, it has the potential to start a fire. You should also keep a clear distance from the fireworks and ensure that there’s nothing flammable such as trees near your designated fireworks zone.
Finally, if you don’t want to worry about the cleanup or safety concerns of having your own fireworks display, attend a public show. Many cities around the country hold multiple shows to help families celebrate Independence Day.
Check out these spectacular fireworks displays in Kansas City!
KC Riverfest – July 4 @ 4 p.m.
Independence Day at Lee’s Summit – July 4 @ 9 a.m.
4th of July Fireworks in Parkville – July 4 @ 9 p.m.