GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Independence Day weekend has come to a close, and local fire departments want to ensure the protection of the community when it comes time to throw out those fireworks.
Jeremy Anderson, Battalion Fire Chief with Greenville Fire/Rescue said nearly 20,000 fire incidents occur each year due to fireworks.
These disposal tips work for unused, misfired, or “dud” fireworks.
- Completely submerge fireworks in a large bucket of water and soak until thoroughly saturated. This may take 15 minutes for small fireworks or as long as overnight for larger ones.
- Double wrap the completely soaked fireworks in plastic wrap or two plastic bags so they do not dry out.
- Place the double-bagged fireworks in the household trash or take them to your local solid waste facility. You can also contact your local fire department or solid waste facility as other disposal options may be available in your community.
If you plan to store unused fireworks that have not yet expired, keep them in a cool, dry place such as a garage and out of the reach of children. Never place fireworks on top of an electrical appliance, such as a refrigerator or freezer. The appliance could be struck or damaged through extreme weather events such as lightning or power surges, resulting in the possible ignition of the fireworks.
Fireworks fire & injury facts:
And fireworks aren’t the only 4th of July prop that can cause serious injury. Sparklers can cause devastating injury too.