Fireworks are always the main event when you think about big celebrations like new year’s eve or the 4th of July. We all love seeing the sparkling lights fill the night sky, but they can be dangerous as they are beautiful. Storing fireworks is a job that must be taken seriously. In this article, we will inform you about how to store fireworks safely in a storage/warehouse environment, and the potential hazards may occur if not stored properly.
According to a research made by the National Fire Protection Association in 2018, there have been 19.500 fires caused by fireworks. One thousand nine hundred of them were structure fires (apartment, office, warehouse, etc.), 500 was vehicle fires, and the 17100 was outdoor fires. Five people died, 46 people were injured, and these fires caused 105 million dollars of property damage. On top of that in 2018 alone, Nine thousand one hundred people were injured by firework-related injuries. Fireworks use gunpowder or similar substances as fuel. These fuels are highly flammable, and as I said before, they cause many injuries and hazards. There are some rules and tips in storing fireworks safely. The first rule for safety is to keep them outside of your building, if possible. Fireworks inside a confined area is a call for disaster. The best thing to do is keeping them locked in a shed outside your home. If it is a workplace keeping them in a dry place that far away from other possible flammable materials is essential. There are many flammable materials that you can find in a warehouse or a home.
Cardboards, papers, etc. are very common flammable materials that you can find. But there is something that most of us tend to forget or do not ever consider as potential fire starters; pressurized gas tanks. Gas tanks that carry various pressurized gases/substances are one of the most flammable materials you can find out there, and they do not go well with fireworks. Gas tanks are made of steel overall. There is only one thing that keeps the gas separated from the environment, and that is a nozzle on top of the tank. That nozzle is air locked, and 99% of the times are very reliable. Fireworks are especially dangerous in this situation because not only that they catch fire so quickly they explode after a certain time. An explosion could potentially break the nozzle and the airlock on the gas tanks. The same thing goes with an air compressor. Using an air compressor around fireworks or installing the industrial air compressor in the same room with fireworks has a very high-risk factor. In a home environment, you should avoid storing them in the attic, especially in summer. In summer, places like attics get very hot, and usually, the humidity in the air is much more potent. There are self-ignition or autoignition points of certain chemicals that they catch on fire or spark by themselves after certain degrees. Like we used to concentrate sunlight to a certain point using lenses, certain glass windows can act in the same for potentially catching fireworks or similar objects on fire. So one should avoid that situation too while storing fireworks.
These are the basic rules and tips for storing fireworks safely. They are fun to use but must always be stored safely around other flammable objects. You would want to ensure the utmost safety and security for everyone’s best interest while dealing with such fire hazards. Fireworks are an essential recreational need and hence need to be stored seasonally in a well-maintained manner. These tips can help you achieve the same and ensure that you have a problem-free business.