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Practice fireworks safety this Fourth of July

July 3, 2012

Tara Richelle
With the Fourth of July right around the corner, many people are getting their fireworks displays ready. While many in Borger consider fireworks harmless, they can still do some major damage if you’re not careful.
During this year’s Fourth of July there are no firework restrictions, but the last 10 days with little moisture have made the county suffer dry conditions. According to Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards, it is illegal to pop fire works in the city limits. Those who do could receive a $500 fine. When you pop outside the city, make sure you have permission by the property owner. You cannot pop fireworks until you are 100 feet away from any fireworks stand.
Always have a decent amount of water handy (a hose or bucket). Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them. Never re-light a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
Citizens should keep a safe distance from the person lighting the firework. It is also advised to wear safety glasses when lighting a firework. “Most eye injuries occur during fireworks seasons,” stated Richards.
Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter” and never use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives. They can kill. Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community. Children shouldn’t be allowed to use fireworks without parent supervision.
And just remember what you pop, you are responsible for. The Borger News-Herald and Richards wish the citizens of Hutchinson County a safe Independence Day. “ If you can’t do it safely, don’t do it at all,” said Richards.

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