Fireworks safety urged this Fourth of July

Posted July 02, 2017 is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

East Palestine: East Palestine Park, Fourth of July Celebration, including a DJ and live music, games for kids, homerun derby, cornhole, 50/50 drawing to benefit the park, fireworks put on by East Palestine Fire Department and much more. While the nearby Kalispel Tribe Reservation previously allowed the sale of fireworks, it has joined the Colville Tribe in banning them, according to a tribal employee. Several of these celebrations coordinate with national holidays or days of national pride and are accompanied by barbecues, parades, picnics, and often fireworks.

The Fireworks Spectacular - In Hot Springs at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls you can enjoy a firework show from 9 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on July 2. It is very important to read the instructions on the fireworks label to make sure you are following the proper procedure.

Turner added that despite the fact fireworks can be purchased in various localities in the area, it is still against the law to use them.

"That number includes people who come for the parade in the morning or go to the fireworks at night", she said.

During the month surrounding Independence Day, about 250 people show up in emergency rooms every day with fireworks-inflicted wounds, CPSC said.

Macy's Fireworks Viewing Points 2017
Macy's Fireworks Viewing Points 2017

In Washington in 2016, fireworks caused no deaths but at least 242 injuries, mostly among men ages 36 and older, according to the state fire marshal's office.

The fireworks show will begin at 10:30 p.m. "These injuries range from minor to life-changing, which could ultimately affect the rest of someone's life".

· Avoid alcohol and drug use when lighting fireworks. In Johnson City, the Pepsi Independence Day Fireworks Celebration will begin at 5 Winged Deer Park. Metal or glass containers should never be used, as they can cause additional injury if they rupture. Holding fireworks in your pocket or bag can cause friction that may set the firework off prematurely. Never try to relight a firework.

If you have a firework that is a dud officials recommend you wait 20 minutes before handling it then place it in a bucket of water.

While firecrackers are created to be noisy, they do still explode on the ground.

Fireworks Frenzy - This is happening July 4 and will start at 8 p.m. While Kehler could not provide specific numbers related to the past five years, he claimed there were no calls for fireworks- related burns last year. Each person who desires to sell fireworks must first receive a permit from the fire department. Each year the NFPA reports an average of 18,500 fires each year. Professional fireworks again will fly on Monday in Fairview above city hall, with activities beginning at 5 p.m. and pyrotechnics launching at about 8:30. That also means, pound for pound, fireworks are about half the price of the frankfurters many people are grilling this Fourth. Most everyone thinks of fireworks when they think of this holiday, and while they are awe-inspiring, they can also present fire hazards as well as harm personal safety.