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BCES provides safety tips for the holiday

POSTED: July 3, 2014 8:54 a.m.

Happy July 4th From Barrow County Emergency Services.

On Friday July 4th, we will be celebrating Independence Day yet again. The federal holiday marks the approval of the Declaration of Independence by Congress therefore completing Americas separation from Great Britain. The day is usually celebrated with parades, cook outs, fireworks, baseball games and other celebrations. Barrow County Emergency Services is issuing a safety reminder as we prepare to celebrate. “We want to wish all of our citizens a Happy Fourth Of July,” commented Lieutenant Scott Dakin. “We also want everyone to celebrate safely to make the day full of fun memories.”

Fireworks are always a big part of July 4th celebrations. According to Barrow County Emergency Services the best way to protect your family from an injury from fireworks is to not use them at your home. Leave them to the professionals by attending public displays. In Barrow County there will be two official fireworks displays. The City Of Auburn will have a July 4th festival from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM. This will include food, crafts and a fireworks display. Chateau Elan in Braselton will also host a fireworks display on July 4th. 

One of the things children like are the sparklers. However, we sometimes forget that the sparklers hold a lot of heat and can burn children. “Their little arms cannot hold the sparklers away from their bodies,” stated Lieutenant Dakin. “This means a sparkler, that can reach temperatures of 1200 degrees are very close to their bodies and can cause a significant burn before a parent can control it.”

There are also dangers when cooking on a barbeque. Following some simple safety tips can make a difference.

1) You should never use gasoline to start a fire.
2) Only use charcoal lighter fluid before the fire is lit. Once lit you may ignite the fuel stream if you try to make the fire bigger.
3) If you live in an apartment or condominium, never use a grill on the balcony. This practice is one of the most dangerous when it comes to using a grill and is against the law.
4) Keep grills away from structures.
5) Never grill inside as the carbon monoxide created by the burning charcoal can be dangerous in an enclosed space.
6) Keep a garden hose or fire extinguisher close by in case a fire gets out of control.
7) Keep children and pets away from fires and grills.
8) Though coals may appear to be cool, always soak them in water. Coal can retain heat for days after the fire. 

“July 4th can be a lot of fun for the whole family and by keeping safety in mind it will be fun memories that we create,” stated Lieutenant Dakin.



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