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8 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010 he (}it, U of' Lordshur00 wishes every olle 8a000 alld h00.pp00J 4t, h of'-dul00J! The City of L0rdsburg reminds you to celebrate safely and responsibly this 4th of July. Celebrating with fireworks is an American tradition. Fireworks are a great source of family entertainment when" used safely. The City of Lordsburg recommends that you follow the following safety tips so that you enjoy your fireworks display this holiday: OBEY ALL LAWS - Please obey our local and state laws regarding the sale and use of state approved fireworks. Contact the Lordsburg Fire and Police Departments regarding ordinances pertaining to the purchase and use of fireworks in our area. USE COMMON SENSE - Common sense is important when using fireworks. Read all warning labels and follow directions on each firework device and understand the product performance of each item. ADULTS ONLY - Children should not handle, play with, or light fireworks. Adults should handle and light all fireworks to insure their proper use. JUST SAY NO - Do not consume alcoholic beverages while lighting fireworks. If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you increase the possibility of misuse and injury to yourself and others near you. HARD, FLAT AND LEVEL - To insure stability of the firework, always light on a hard, flat and level surface to prevent an item from tipping over. If lighting on grass, ,use a flat wooden board as a shooting surface. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE - Use fireworks outdoors in a clear, open area away from buildings and vehicles. Avoid dry grass and brush that could catch fire or near any flammable items. Spectators, especially children, should remain a safe distance away from the shooting area, generally 25-40 feet for fountains and ground based items and 75-100 yards for aerial products. If windy conditions exit, fireworks should be lit with the prevailing wind blowing away from the audience. HEADS UP - Never put your head or any part of your body over a firework. Never look into a tube to inspect a firework. Never hold a lit firework in your hand. , LIGHTING -The fireworks shooter should wear eye protection. Fireworksshouid be-lit with punk an extended butane lighting device in order to keep the maximum distance from a firework. Fireworks should be lit only one at a time, but use a flashlight if needed. Don't attempt to re-light a "dud". If a firework fails to ignite, let stand for at least 5 minutes, then immerse in water. WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE - Make sure that you keep a bucket of water, a water hose, and/or a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies. HANDLE WiTH CARE - Fireworks should not be carried in your pocket. Don't aim or throw fireworks at another person; Store fireworks in a cool, dry pace. REALIABILITY - Fireworks should be bought only from reliable and licensed dealers. Licensed and reliable dealers only carry products that meet standards set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Do not use illegal explosives, alter any firework devices, or attempt to make your own fireworks. LIGHTING OF FIREWORKS - Fireworks shall notbe lighted or displayed from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. within the municipal limits. MAN'S BEST FRIEND - Pets may be frightened by the noise and lights of fireworks. You may want to keep pets inside or moved away during your fireworks show. Never leave animals tethered or chained outside. They can hang themselves if they leap over a fence while trying to run from the noise. Close your windows and curtains and turn on a radio or ihe TV to help drown out the sound of the fireworks. Make sure that your animal companion is wearing a collar or harness with iH|y ' an updated identification tag -just in case. According to Prevent Blindness America, nearly 13,000 fireworks victims keep hospitals busy every year. More than half of those injured are children. Fireworks not only injure users, but also 40% of fireworks mishaps injure bystanders. The three types of fireworks that keep hospital emergency rooms busy during this holiday period are bottle rockets, firecrackers, and sparklers. Bottle rockets and firecrackers can fly in any direction prior to exploding and sparklers burn at temperatures hot enough to melt gold. One of the reasons firework injuries continue to occur is because people just don't consider how dangerous these devices can be. People often don't realize - until they are injured - that the risk of blindness or injury outweighs the excitement of taking risks with fireworks. And giving fireworks to young children can mean a trip to the hospital emergenc room. 1!: ' I " :,, ...... I, :Lii*l:ll,; !]= !lllllllbldilltlilllll