July 2, 2005
Many good reasons exist for taking care of life and limb on the July Fourth weekend.
Obviously, no one wants to see people hurt when handling home fireworks during Independence Day festivities. Especially when grand pyrotechnical displays, along with other July Fourth activities, are waiting for the public to enjoy.
Plenty of hard-working people have devoted hours of their time to preparing the public fireworks displays in Hood River and Cascade Locks. By staying safe, we honor their efforts.
As Hood River fire chief Jeff Walker has noted, “be prepared, be safe and be responsible with fireworks.”
Walker noted that, in Oregon, those fireworks that travel farther than three feet are prohibited.
But sparklers and small-scale scatterers of smoke, light and noise can also be dangerous if handled incorrectly. As Walker and other firefighters point out: use legal fireworks available at licensed outlets; always read and follow label directions; have an adult present at all times; detonate fireworks outside and away from buildings, on a smooth surface such as asphalt; have a bucket and hose standing by; soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water; never relight a “dud” firework; wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it.
Please have a safe and joyous Independence Day.