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Firework Safety & The 4th

In the blink of an eye, July is upon us, and The 4th is right around the corner. Millions of Americans are looking forward to a day filled with fun- but sometimes fun can be dangerous. Keep reading for some 4th of July facts:

Fun Facts
1. Americans will enjoy 150 million hotdogs on the 4th!
2. Fireworks are an American tradition, dating all the way back to 1777.
3. Americans spend more than $1 billion on fireworks each year. Of that $1 billion, only 10% are set off professionally.

Not-So-Fun Facts
1. 2017 reported 8 direct firework-related deaths
2. There are an estimated 12,900 firework-related ER visits each year.
3. Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year.
4. Fireworks are common causes of roof and fence fires. A fence fire can spread quickly to a house.
5. Every year, thousands of homeowners have to call fence companies to repair or replace vinyl fences that have melted/wood fences that have caught fire due to firework damage.

How can homeowners enjoy fireworks, but protect themselves and their property?
1. Check that fireworks are legal in your area before purchasing.
2. Never hold fireworks in your hands when igniting. Always shoot fireworks off from a flat, cleared off, non-flammable surface.
3. Light fireworks one at a time, away from people, homes, fence lines, trees, vehicles, or any other flammable structure.
4. Keep a fire extinguisher and a bucket of water close by in case of emergencies. Dunk used fireworks into water before throwing away.
5. Children should NEVER handle fireworks- this includes sparklers. Sparklers are the leading cause of firework-related injuries in children under the age of 5.
6. Only purchase fireworks from reliable and licensed source.
7. Never use your fence to shoot fireworks. Fences are often made of flammable material (wood) or are susceptible to damage due to high amounts of heat (vinyl)

The Paramount Team would like to wish everyone a fun, safe 4th of July! If your fence experiences any damage this holiday weekend, give us a call. We look forward, if given the opportunity, to making you another happy fence customer.
407.341.2720

Fence Safety Alert: Fire and Fencing

Fire and Fencing

In the last week, Paramount Fencing has run 3 fence repair estimates where wood fences caught on fire or vinyl fences melted, all of which were self-inflicted.

So be mindful. According to the NFPA, an estimated 14,070 fires occur annually from spontaneous combustion. Barbecue grills account for another 2600 home and structure fires.

Here are a few things that should never be stored next to a fence.

1. Soaked rags or towels of any type of oils, especially linseed oil: Even cooking oils. Large compost, mulch, manure, and leaf piles can spontaneously combust as well given the right conditions.

2. Any Item that contains glass. To include old windows, sliding glass doors, stained glass and glass table tops. In combination or singularly, depending on the sun's intensity, the above mention can act as a magnifying glass acting as an ignition source.

3. A wood-burning or gas operated barbeque grill. Grills next to a wood fence may result in catching the fence on fire. Place that grill next to a vinyl fence and all it takes is a temperature of 246 Fahrenheit and that vinyl fence will distort. At 500 Fahrenheit that fence will melt.

So Orlando and Central Florida - let us keep it safe and all do our part. Walk around your fence and look for items that can spontaneously combust. Keep your grills five feet off the fence line, and yes that means your neighbor too.

Helpful Hint by Customfenceorlando.com and Customfenceoviedo.com and Paramountfencing.com 

Oviedo, It’s Water Safety Month

It's That Time of Year, Oviedo

Hey - Florida and Oviedo, Winter Springs, and Winter Park.   Beautiful fence and relaxing pool, right?     Well, that depends.

May is National Water Safety Month. Yes. It's pool safety month too. #fencesafetytip.

Just a reminder. If you have a swimming pool, inspect your fence or pool screen enclosure. Make sure all gates and doors are self-closing and self-latching and open outward away from the pool.

Check those latches and make sure it functions and it latches correctly. That latch should be 54" higher than the bottom of the gate.

Don't be lazy. Walk that fence line or pool screen and make sure you don't have any damaged planks or pickets or loose screens. Look for gaps more significant than two inches below the fence or space wider than four inches a small child can squeeze through.

According to TC Water Features make sure to check the drain and grates in the pool too. If it's broke, get it replaced. A foot can get stuck allowing a child never to resurface.

If you have any questions or in doubt, contact us we will be more then happy to answer any questions, ship you a new latch or inspect it for you.

Remember - laziness creates statistics. So share this post with as many people as you can.  Even if you don't have a pool in your back yard.

You never know. The second it takes to share, just might save a life.

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