Sometimes, you may want to spice up the evening with a little touch of light and sound. Whether there's a special occasion going on, or you're simply bored, fireworks can do a great job at entertaining not only you but also everyone else. Then, you go out and buy the best fireworks you find and decide that you want to store them to be used later on. Keep in mind, however, that storing fireworks is more than just placing them in a box and leaving them in your garage.
If you are planning to store fireworks, you'll need to know how to put them away properly. Failure to do so can mean a dangerous fire hazard. Here are five "don'ts" of safe firework storage that you should know:
- Don't Use Cardboard Boxes
Whatever you do, don't use cardboard boxes to store your fireworks. They don't do much in terms of keeping the fireworks safe, especially if you're going to store them in the long run. Not only can pests damage the boxes and possibly even the fireworks, but in case a heavy item is placed on top of the box, it might get crushed.
What you will want to use are metal boxes. If you don't have those, even a plastic container will suffice. That said, don't stuff too many fireworks into a single box and ensure that there is ample space so that no damage will be done to your stockpile.
- Don't Place it Where Children can Access
Always put your fireworks away from the children's reach. If there is no place in your house that your children cannot reach, then use a lock to keep the fireworks safe. Also, if they're aware that you have firework's at home, tell them that they should never go near them without an adult.
- Don't Place it Near Flammable Items
Don't place your fireworks near anything that can give off heat, including your clothes dryer, computers, TV, heaters, and ovens. Even if the heat is minimal, it would still be in your best interest to ensure that your fireworks are nowhere near flammable items.
- Don't Store it Somewhere Too Hot or Cold
Storing your fireworks somewhere that's too hot puts your fireworks at risk of self-ignition. If you store them somewhere too cold, water can also condense and ruin your entire stockpile.
Keep the fireworks somewhere that's cool and dry. That way, your fireworks will be conserved and kept in tip-top condition until the day you want to use them.
- Don't Forget the Fire Extinguisher
While you might have stored the fireworks in a perfectly cool and dry environment and away from any heat source, it is always good to have a backup plan––a fire extinguisher.
Ensure that you have a fire extinguisher near your fireworks at all times. That way, should anything catch on fire, you can quickly put it out. Plus, a fire extinguisher is useful for any occasion that has even the slightest risk of fire as well.
Always keep the tips above in mind if you're planning to store the fireworks. Ensure that the fireworks are stored in a cool, dry place, away from the reach of kids, and don't forget to have a fire extinguisher nearby. That way, you keep your property and its inhabitants safe from any fire hazard. If you're planning to store many fireworks, do quick research as to whether you'll need a license to do so. If you do, head to your local council and acquire one.
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