Stay safe on the 4th of July and avoid being one of the hundreds sent to them emergency room with an injury from a firework.
Leading up to the 4th of July, hundreds of people will visit the emergency room with injuries from fireworks. Hands and fingers account for the most injuries, 46 percent, with sparklers being the single most injury-prone firework according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
While injures from fireworks are common, a few simple safety tips can prevent trips to the emergency room on this 4th of July.
Know your fireworks
Make sure you read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting. As fireworks can be redesigned from year to year, what performed one way last year might perform differently this year.
Have a designated shooter
For family shows, have one person designated to light and fire your night fireworks. Also, make sure spectators are a safe distance away from the show.
Have parental supervision
Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks and should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks, including sparklers.
Don't relight the "duds"
Never try to relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes before touching the firework and then soak it in a bucket of water.
After the fun has passed, soak spent fireworks with water before throwing them away outside.
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The student-led Swine Week goal is $375,000 for Memorial’s annual fundraiser, which ends March 14.
Each year for the past 28 years, Memorial students have taken to the streets, completed dares, held assemblies, silent auctions, custom car shows and contacted businesses and residents in order to raise mounder way.
“Whenever the City Rescue Mission presented to the Student Council we saw how they help families and we realized that if we ever have to find a place to stay there is one,” Ball said. “If we meet our goal we realize that we will impact the honey for Swine Week.
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Mid-day Friday, Oklahoma Environmental Services removed an underground tank from city-owned property located just west of the railroad tracks off 33rd Street. When the site is fully prepared, work will begin on a 15,000-square-foot structure that will house Edmond Police Department evidence and lab work and related functions.
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