|Published: 2:28 PM, 07/02/2012
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-The heat is on, and while
no local towns have banned fireworks on the Fourth of July, it is
still paramount that you be careful with any kind of burning.
Madisonville Police Chief John Tallent
said the town has banned any kind of outdoor burning until
significant rainfall hits the area.
"This is a very hot and dry weather
pattern," Tallent said. "Fire can get out of control in a matter
of seconds. We hope everyone understands this ban and we don't have
any fire related tragedies this summer."
Tallent said to use extreme caution
with fireworks and offered the following safety tips:
Use outdoor fireworks only.
Obey local laws. If fireworks are not
legal where you live, do not use them.
Always have water handy (a hose or
buckets of water).
Only use fireworks as intended. Don't
try to alter or combine them.
Never re-light a "dud" firework.
Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
Use common sense when using fireworks.
Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the
shooter should wear safety glasses.
Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have
a designated shooter.
Only people over the age of 12 should
be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
Do not ever use homemade fireworks or
illegal explosives. They can kill you. Report illegal explosives to
the fire or police department in your community.
Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water
after they are shot.
"Fireworks are a big part of celebrating
our independence," Tallent said. "They are safe if they are used
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