July 4, we celebrate Independence Day. And that means backyard barbecues, city hot dog feeds, parades and fireworks out at CAM-PLEX. Fireworks are as American as apple pie and generally come hand in hand with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring the sting of pain.
Fireworks were involved in more than 8,700 injuries nationwide in 2012, according to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. To keep your family and friends safe this Fourth of July, CCMH EMS and the
Emergency Care Department want you to practice these safety tips:
- Read the warning labels and performance descriptions on the fireworks before igniting.
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks—sparklers are intended for children over the age of 12.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move away quickly.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Please have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your fireworks.
- Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
And, remember, fireworks are not permitted in Gillette City Limits.
Find more tips online at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Fireworks Information Center.
Have a safe and Happy Independence Day. And, if you're interested in what is going on in Gillette, visit the Campbell County government page on the Fourth of July events. And don't forget the parade, which will take place down Second Street between 4-J Road and Osborne Avenue beginning at 10 am.