Mon June 30, 2014
Earth Calendar for June 30th and July 1st
The crackle of sparklers and thunderous boom of fireworks overhead are hallmarks of Independence Day celebrations, but these fiery displays can have unintended consequences.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks account for two out of five fires reported on Independence Day in a typical year. The majority of fires associated with fireworks are outdoor grass fires, brush fires, dumpster fires and other types of natural vegetation fires that can spread quickly, especially in areas that are experiencing dry conditions or drought.
A sparkler burns at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. For comparison, water boils at 212 degrees, wood burns at 575 degrees and glass melts at 900 degrees! Light fireworks one at a time and never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Never light fireworks near your home, dry leaves or grass, or other flammable materials. Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby to douse the fireworks when you are done. Keep a fire extinguisher handy, too.
Laws about fireworks use vary from state to state. Always follow rules and instructions issued by your local officials.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to visit a public fireworks display in your community that is managed by professionals.
Learn more about summer fire safety from the U.S. Fire Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
On Our Calendar: Great Parks will present a free Trail Scavenger Hunt at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Pin Oak Trail and all are invited. Pick up your nature sleuth’s directions from the naturalist then head out to hunt at your own pace. At the end of the trail, turn in your answers for a prize! Thursday, July 3rd, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. More information online.