Fireworks For Sale! Buy One Get One Free!
Tis the season, as we head into these last couple weeks of June thousands of seasonal firework tents will be waving their flags, signs and banners trying to convince you theirs is the best. Some of the advertisements can be quite comical and I have seen intersections in parts of the Midwest where as many as 6 tents can be seen from one location.
This year looks to be shaping up to be quite varied as to what states will even have fireworks for sale as one of the worst droughts in decades threatens sales across much of the southern United States from Arizona to Florida, while areas to the North are faced with record flooding from Wyoming through Missouri. Droughts are the worst conditions possible leading up to the 4th of July, crispy grass yards and fields will go up like flammable liquids if the winds are up. The #1 item traced to the cause of fires during the popular summer holiday is rockets and missile type devices that have random flight patterns, even a small misguided bottle rocket which burns at over 1,000 degrees can spark a blaze in seconds in dry conditions.
While some areas are contemplating a ban on firework sales altogether until conditions improve, here are 5 easy tips everyone can use to minimize the potential of property damage caused from fires.
#1 Simply do not use fireworks in dry / drought conditions
#2 Always secure your devices to avoid tipping or firing along the ground.
#3 Always have quick access to a water supply, if a hose or extinguisher is not available we recommend a simple pump type garden sprayer at the ready for small fires, or even a bucket full of water.
#4 Do not use fireworks in or near dry vegatation. Uncut fields, wood lines and brush piles should all be out of range of the items being used.
#5 If an unmanageable fire does occur notify the authorities as soon as possible, do not endanger yourself by trying to fight it yourself.
While the weather over the next couple weeks will be critical as to which regions will have fireworks for sale for our nations celebration, we hope everyone will have a safe and happy 4th, and remember the tips above.