After a dismal and taxing 2020, Independence Day 2021 is going to be a momentous celebration for the USA! Parades, picnics, and all kinds of special events will be in full force. It’s a given that people will be making memories and commemorating the joy of America’s freedoms with fireworks and sparklers. While you’re enjoying the festivities, please take safety precautions – not only with using but with storing your fireworks.
Please Don’t Store Your Fireworks in Your Storage Unit
When it’s time to pack up and store the patriotic decorations, sparklers, and fireworks for next year, be cautious. Please don’t stash your extra fireworks in your self storage unit.
For starters, it’s against policy to store fireworks or any other type of explosive at most self storage facilities. The possibility of an explosion is too risky, not only to your personal valuables but to the possessions of other tenants. It also creates a serious hazard to any of the staff or visitors to the facility. It’s not worth risking serious injury or damage by storing fireworks or any other flammable materials in your unit.
If you’re curious, here is a complete list of items that you are not permitted to put in self storage:
- Firearms and munitions
- Food and pet food
- Flammables, explosives, radioactive materials
- Lead paint, asbestos, urea-formaldehyde, petroleum products, or methane
- Medical waste
- Stolen goods
- Cash (not covered by insurance)
Your fireworks are considered explosives. If you have leftover fireworks that you need to store, check the following tips.
Tips for Storing Fireworks
These tips are not guaranteed, but they can help keep you and your family safe.
Tip 1: Depending on where you live, it may not be legal to store fireworks. You should check your city or county ordinances to verify that storing leftover fireworks is permitted.
Tip 2: High temperatures do not set fireworks off. It’s okay to store them in a hot, dry environment; it’s only the heat from a match or lighter that sets them off.
Tip 3: Keep those unused fireworks in a secure place away from your home and family. The best place is a locked shed that is far away from the house. And, don’t store them near ignitable, flammable materials like oil, gasoline, water heaters, or any kind of naked flames.
Tip 4: Don’t store them in cardboard boxes. Not only will these add fuel to the fire if there is a catastrophe, but cardboard will not protect fireworks from water. The best solution is a metal storage container. Be careful not to overpack the box and crush the lower layers, ruining the fireworks for later use.
Tip 5: Do not tell your children where the fireworks are stored, and be sure that pets can’t get at them.
Tip 6: Keep a fire extinguisher near the fireworks storage area.
Tip 7: If fireworks get wet, they should be completely soaked and discarded. Fireworks cannot be dried out and used safely because they become unstable.
Tip 8: When fireworks have been stored in a manner that keeps them dry, the chemicals do not deteriorate or become unstable or dangerous. If no moisture gets into the packaging, fireworks can last 50 years and perform as if they were new.
The main thing to remember is the safety of you and your family. Follow the above tips, and you shouldn’t have any problems.
Fun Fourth of July Facts
Now that we have the serious stuff out of the way, here is a bit of fourth of July trivia from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
- July 4, 1776: Thomas Jefferson noted in his “Weather Memorandum Book” that the weather was cloudy, the temperature 76ºF.
- August 2, 1776: Most people signed the Declaration of Independence. Only two men signed on July 4, 1776—John Hancock and Charles Thompson.
- July 4, 1826: Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson—signers of the Declaration of Independence who each later became president—died on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the declaration.
- July 4, 1884: The Statue of Liberty was formally presented to the United States by the people of France.
- July 4, 1911: It was a hot Fourth of July in New England. All-time state records were set in Nashua, New Hampshire (106°F), and Vernon, Vermont (105°F).
- July 4, 1938: Four of July became a national holiday.
Have a joyful holiday, complete with fun times and treasured memories. But, be careful with those fireworks!