NFPA offers resource materials on Fourth of July and summer topics for media

Published on June 30, 2008
June 30, 2008 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers reports, safety tips and other resources to the media working on Fourth of July stories and other topics related to summer safety. Topics include fireworks, lightning, grilling, water safety, bike and pedestrian safety, and disaster preparedness.

Materials are available at NFPA’s Web site www.nfpa.org/pressroom.

Fireworks
On Independence Day in a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Grilling
In 2005, gas and charcoal grills caused 3,400 structure fires and 4,900 outdoor fires in or on home properties, resulting in a combined direct property loss of $137 million.

Lightning
Fires started by lightning peak in the summer months and in the late afternoon and early evening.

Water Safety
Childhood drownings and near-drownings can happen in a matter of seconds. They typically occur when a child is left unattended or during a brief lapse of supervision.

Bike and Pedestrian Safety
For children ages five to 14, pedestrian-related injuries are the second leading cause of unintentional injury death.

Disaster Preparedness
Be prepared to deal with disasters that occur during the summer, such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires.

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