Every year between the Fourth of July and new years eve/day fire works play a major roll in house damage as well as injury's NFPA’s Fireworks report provides estimates of fires and associated losses caused by fireworks through 2013. Information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC’s) 2014 Fireworks Annual Report about the estimated number of injuries caused by fireworks that were seen in hospital emergency departments is also summarized. Additional details are provided about injuries seen in the month around July 4.
- In 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S., including 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outside and other fires.
- More than one-quarter (28%) of fires started by fireworks in 2009-2013 were reported on Independence Day. Almost half (47%) of the reported fires on the Fourth of July were started by fireworks.
- According to the CPSC, more than one-third (35%) of the people seen in emergency rooms for fireworks injuries from June 20-July 20, 2014 were under 15; nine percent were under five.
- CPSC data show that sparklers alone accounted for more than one one-quarter (28%) of the emergency room fireworks injuries seen from June 20-July 20, 2014.
Vacation Planning? Prepare your home!
Going on vacation should be relaxing and worry-free which is why it is important to make sure your house is secure before you leave for your trip. Be SERVPRO ready so you don’t come back to damages in your home. Here are some tips for preparing your home provided by SERVPRO of Chambersburg
Make Arrangements with an Emergency ContactChoose a close friend or neighbor you trust as your emergency contact and provide them with all of your itinerary information in case they need to contact you.A timer on lights will give the impression someone is home.Leave written directions for alarm codes, doors, or other information needed to properly care for your home.Make sure your mail is collected; burglars often look for homes with overflowing mail. The Post office can suspend your mail and deliver the day you get back. Here is a link to the US Post Office
Take plumbing and electric precautionsPrevent leaks and floods from damaging your home by shutting off gas and water at the meter, supply tank or appliances.Turn off the water valves to washing machines, sinks, and the dishwasher.Unplug electronics to cut down on any possible shortages which could potentially cause a disastrous fire.Check your smoke detectors to ensure they are working properly.Adjust your thermostat for the season in the winter 55-60 in the summer 75-80 should help control usage.
Right before you leaveNotify your security company that you are leaving town.Take out the kitchen trash and other trash that could get smelly.Go on one last walk through of your home to secure windows, blinds, fences, doors, and plugs. This will ensure all entries are safe from hazardous obstructions.
If you come back from vacation and encounter damage within your home, call SERVPRO of Woodbury/Deptford 856.686.0100. We clean up mold, fire or water damage to your home or business in the Chambersburg and surrounding areas.