7/31/2012 - Fireworks, wildfires don't mix
While July 4 may be over, many summer revelers like to celebrate the outdoor season by launching fireworks. With this in mind - combined with the prevalence of wildfire activity - the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America is reminding consumers to be extra cautious when using them.
Chris Hackett, director of personal lines for PCI, noted that the thousands of acres scorched by wildfires has made any type of activity involving fire somewhat worrisome.
"With record-setting fires burning in several western states, there is heightened awareness regarding fire safety," said Hackett. "Fireworks can set off house fires and with dry conditions, the risk of grass fires and brush fires increases as well. By following state laws and taking extra precaution many fires resulting from fireworks can be prevented."
He added that in addition to using fireworks only as directed, individuals should be sure to review their homeowners insurance
policy so they can know for sure whether they are adequately covered should an accident take place.