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Celebrate With The Magic of Fireworks

June 28, 2016
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

Fourth of July is a happy holiday, celebrating the United States' independence as a union. We celebrate with family picnics, barbecue, fun and games in the park, concerts, swimming at the beach, boating, and, of course, fireworks.

We all know the safety rules about fireworks:

Only use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a host nearby in case of accidents.

Stay away from others using fireworks in case they shoot off in the wrong direction.

Never throw or point fireworks at someone.

Don't hold fireworks in your hand while lighting them. Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances.

Light firework one at a time.

Don't allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.

Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.

Iowa allows novelties, such as black snakes and sparklers. Other, larger, fireworks are illegal to shoot off without a permit.

As pretty as fireworks are and as much as we all enjoy the spectacular display high in the night sky, there are some who don't react so well to the noise.

Be mindful of the fact that some veterans can be startled and upset by the noise of fireworks, advises Phantom Fireworks out of Youngstown, Ohio. There is the potential for some veterans to be reminded of combat situations when they hear the loud sounds of gunfire and/or fireworks.

The bottom line is, give veterans a heads up when you will be lighting fireworks. This will help avoid unintended consequences for former combat veterans.

Pets, too, are vulnerable to the noise of fireworks. I am constantly surprised at the number of people who take their dogs to high traffic outings. Most pets are much happier staying at home.

Just because pets aren't afraid of thunder and loud family noises, some do react to fireworks.

The recommendation is: do not take pets to fireworks displays.

Also, do not leave a pet alone in the car during fireworks. That hint can be extended to not leaving pet in a car alone during winter or summer because of the temperatures; and other times, crack a window so the pet doesn't suffer. That goes for young children also.

The Fourth of July is a Monday holiday this year. Everyone gets to enjoy a three-day weekend. West Bend is celebrating July 1 and 2, and Cylinder is celebrating July 3 and Emmetsburg is celebrating on the Fourth of July. There will be fireworks three nights in a row. Enjoy celebrating your independence. We live in the best country in the world.

 
 
 

 

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