Local 51 Union Members,
It is that time of year, the smell of fresh cut grass, Hot Dogs and Ham Burgers on the barbecue with a cold one in the hand, shorts, t-shirts, lots of Sun and Fun, the old Red White and Blue and of course FIRE WORKS!!!
Fireworks have been a part of the Forth of July holiday for well; Forever. They represent our great freedom of expression and what better way to celebrate our independence than with Fire Works.
With that being said the Local 51 would like to encourage our members to be safe and use common sense when it comes to this awesome holiday. Fire Works can be played out two different ways - Professional and DIY (do it yourself). So this is what you can expect when you chose to do one or the other;
Do it yourself
- If you can afford it; see a semi nice display of Fire Works
- Drive far away to buy
- Drive far away to pop Fire Works
- Run the risk of getting a ticket (up to $2000)
- Bring a large bucket of water
- Smell like gun powder
- Children and pets getting injured
- Adults getting injured
- Fires starting due to unchecked sparks and amblers
However you choose to celebrate your Independence Day just remember to be safe and if you still wish to DIY Fire Works the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends taking these precautions. Local 51 wants you and your family to be safe on the Fourth.
- Only buy fireworks from a licensed seller (not from someone on the street or from someone’s house)
- Read and follow the directions on the fireworks before lighting them
- Have water handy in case of an emergency
- Only use fireworks in an open, outdoor area
- Light the fireworks on a hard surface and be cautious of any wind
- Have a designated person to set off the fireworks who avoids alcohol and does not wear loose clothing
- Make sure that the designated person wears safety goggles and close-toed shoes
- Do not alter or combine fireworks
- Aim the firework away from houses, dry leaves, flammable materials and people
- Never extend a body part over the devise
- Light one firework at a time
- Never relight a “dud” firework
- Wait 20 minutes after setting off the firework to approach it, and then soak it in water
Remember, the best way to enjoy fireworks and prevent injury is to watch a professional show. (http://kisselpaso.com/where-to-watch-fourth-of-july-fireworks-el-paso-las-cruces/)
For more information about fireworks safety, visit http://www.nfpa.org/fireworks.
To check the legality of fireworks in your state, visit http://www.usfireworks.biz/legal/legal.htm.
Thank you and be safe this weekend.