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Earth Gauge Tip of the Week — Fireworks


In a typical year, more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day - fireworks account for two out of five of those fires.  In 2010, fireworks ignited an estimated 15,500 fires, many of which were outdoor grass and brush fires.  These fires can spread quickly, especially in areas that are experiencing dry weather or drought.

Viewer Tip:  The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to visit a public display that is organized by professionals.  If you are thinking about using fireworks, keep these tips in mind to prevent fires and enjoy a safe holiday:

Did you know?  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!

(Sources: Hall Jr., John R. “Fireworks

.” National Fire Protection Association, Fire Analysis and Research Division, June 2012;, “Fireworks and Summer Fire Safety.”; Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/IKluft.)