Celebrate the nations Independence Day – But keep safety in mind.
Independence Day is just around the corner and with it comes fun – filled events involving family, friends, parties and fireworks. On July 4 personnel and families can bring their fireworks to Volunteer Park to ignite them from 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
The WSMR Police Department and WSMR Fire Department with Emergency Medical personnel will standby during those times to help ensure everyone’s safety. With this, some rules will apply. Only fireworks that are legal in Dona Ana County will be permitted. No bottle rockets will be permitted and no fireworks of any kind will be permitted in the housing areas. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Too often, we get caught up in the festivities and forget to think about our safety and the safety of those around us. But, the truth is, accidents and fatalities can occur if the necessary guidelines are not followed and common sense is not used. However, it is inevitable that people will buy fireworks for their own personal displays. If you decide to do this, please keep in mind the following safety tips:
- Fireworks should be lit on a smooth, flat surface, away from the house, dry leaves, trees and flammable material.
- Use punks to light fireworks – do not use a lighter, matches or cigarettes.
- Do not lengthen or shorten the fireworks fuse.
- Do not relight duds – wait at least 20 minutes before picking them up and then soak the dud in a bucket of water.
- Never ignite fireworks in metal or glass containers. Fire works should be lit one at a time and at a safe distance from others.
- Never throw or aim fireworks at people or buildings.
- Never place any body part over fireworks.
- Finally, fireworks should only be disposed of after they have been soaked in water.
By educating our children, family members and friends of the dangers of fireworks, we can work together to bring the number of accidents and injuries down. Remember, the Fourth of July should be a joyous occasion, not a disastrous one.
The White Sands Missile Range, Directorate of Emergency Service will allow fireworks to be brought onto the installation only between June 27 and July 4.
For more information, call the White Sands Missile Range Fire Department at (575) 678 – 3585 or (575) 678-2600.