With summer officially here and COVID-19 restrictions loosening around the country, many people will look to grilling, cookouts, and other outdoor gatherings, including fireworks displays, to enjoy the warm weather.
The National Fire Protection Association is providing important reminders and guidelines for safely enjoying these activities.
That includes making sure your gas grill is working properly, never leave equipment unattended and if a fire breaks out, call the fire department.
For any type of outdoor fire that can’t be quickly and effectively extinguished, call the fire department immediately for assistance.
If you are planning on making fireworks part of your Fourth of July celebration, you should only attend public shows rather than using consumer fireworks, which can cause serious injury and damage due to their unpredictability.
An estimated 19,500 fires in the U.S. were started by fireworks in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires and 500 vehicle fires.
These fires caused five deaths and 46 injuries to civilians and $105 million in property damage.