July always starts out with a BANG! It’s as American as Mom and Apple Pie to set off some fireworks on the 4th of July. And every year when this explosive celebration rolls around, we’re reminded of one year when kids, playing with fireworks, set a brushy hillside on fire. Two houses at the top of the hill caught fire as a result, and one young boy in a wheelchair barely escaped the flames in time.

As more and more areas of the country experience early fire season and drought conditions, taking extra precautions with fireworks just makes sense. The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these safeguards:
 Know your fireworks; Read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

 Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.
 Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
 Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks
 Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
 Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
 Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks. Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
 Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
 Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
 Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks and use them only in the manner in which they were intended.
 Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

That covers using the fireworks, but general fire protection practices around your home and property should also be taken. Since many fireworks fly through the air or explode and rain down hot debris, keeping your roof clear of leaves or pine needles is a good idea. Tall dry grass can ignite like gasoline with just a spark, so keeping open areas mowed is one way to more easily control fire activity if it does get started.

The other thing to check is the coverage provided by your homeowners insurance. We think it’s important to review it from time-to-time to make sure it’s comprehensive and offers the protections your individual situation calls for. Give us a call or stop by the office. Knowing you’re protected from fire means peace of mind as you celebrate our Nation’s independence.

This is part of the Park Family Insurance ongoing education series for Roseville Home Insurance and Rocklin Home Insurance, prevention is key!