Leftover Fireworks? How Lubbock Residents Can Store Them Safely
Now that everyone is done partying like a patriot, reality will begin to set back in, along with the hottest part of Summer. While this is no surprise to Texans who are accustomed to the blistering heat that comes in July and August, this is an important detail to keep in mind when handling any extra pyrotechnics that did not get shot off last night amidst all of the celebrations. Since fireworks do not expire, many people keep their additional supply for another occasion. That leads to the question, how do you safely store fireworks?
1) Choose a Proper Container
Since fireworks are highly flammable, it is imperative that you take the time to store them properly. That means the brown paper bag or box they came in is not a viable option. Plastic bags are also not safe. The best practice is to take your unused fireworks and place them in a plastic storage container with a lid. This will ensure that they stay dry and away from contaminants. If there is a concern about animals or small children getting ahold of these items, consider purchasing a storage container with a lock to keep these items secure.
2) Pay Attention to Temperature
Moreover, they need to be kept in a cool environment. Try to avoid putting them in locations where temperatures can reach over 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to a lack of insulation and poor ventilation, attics, garages, and vehicles can easily surpass this threshold, making them a poor place for storage.
3) Avoid Keeping Fireworks Alongside Certain Items
Additionally, do not store them in a location where accelerants are kept. This Is another reason why the garage is not a safe place for fireworks. This is normally where most people store paint and paint thinners, gasoline for their lawnmowers, and solvents like acetone and varnish. Instead, consider a basement or storage space away from the home.
4) Check Your Homeowners Policy
Even with careful storage, some insurance policies will not cover damage from a fire that began due to fireworks. This is especially the case if you live in cities like Lubbock where fireworks are illegal within city limits. Thus, before you store your leftover pyrotechnics for another occasion, consider the potential cost if they were to be set off. If you decide that the risk is not the reward, make sure to dispose of the fireworks properly. NEVER just dump them in the trash.
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