4. Plan for accidental fires
Keep water (or a fire extinguisher) nearby. If something goes wrong, you’ll want a hose or bucket of water close by to extinguish the blaze.
For something more portable and robust than a water bucket, consider keeping a fire extinguisher near your fireworks area.
How much water will you need?
Firefighters use a formula to determine water ratios for putting out fires: 3
|[(length x width of object on fire) ÷ 3] x percent of involvement=gallons per minute to put out a fire|
For example, if you have a 10’ x 15’ tool shed that ignites and 50% of it is on fire, you’ll need 25 gallons of water per minute (GPM) to put it out (garden hoses usually output up to 17 GPM). 4 That might be shocking, but it demonstrates what you need to do to prepare for the worst and how quickly you should react to any fire.