This week the NFPA Library and Archives wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July with a friendly reminder from the past about the dangers of consumer fireworks.
From the NFPA Quarterly v.10, no.1, 1916:
"Members in all parts of the U.S. cooperated this year as usual in the circulation of the Association's Independence Day bulletin. Manager Clem E. Wheeler of the Wisconsin Inspection Bureau distributed ten thousand copies in Wisconsin. The newspapers generally report a 'safe and sane' day, but later reports may modify this.New York had thirty fires against last year's twenty-four. Milwaukee had six, while ten years ago she had thirty-two. San Francisco had fifty-six, reckoned the worst Fourth of July since 1905."
For more information regarding fire history, please feel free to reach out to the NFPA Library.
Library staff are available to answer reference questions from members and the general public.