THE POST SIGNAL
CROWLEY – With the excitement of the July 4 weekend quickly approaching, people all over the nation are looking forward to celebrating our liberty as a country. Fireworks sales have begun, followed by safety warnings from a few local, as well as national authorities.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends that consumers purchase fireworks from a licensed store or stand, and never to buy them from an individual’s home, or out of their car. These fireworks are very likely to be illegal explosives that may cause serious injuries. Consumer fireworks regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission are packaged in bright colors and have safety warnings on the packaging.
Captain Chad Monceaux of the Crowley Fire Department, says that it is important to remember fireworks can cause injury and also fire. Monceaux also offers a gentle reminder on firework safety, such as reading label directions, having an adult present at all times, never experiment or make your own fireworks. “Also, make sure to have a bucket of water handy, and never re-light a dud firework, but instead, wait 15-20 minutes and soak it in a bucket of water. Never throw or point fireworks at others, and never give fireworks to small children,” he warns.
Statistically, fire departments and hospitals have reported a decline in fireworks injuries over the past decade, however, illegal explosives still account for one-third of all Fourth of July injuries.
Monceaux further stated that the Crowley Fire Department is here, ready to help if needed, and to always remember to practice Fire Safety and Prevention. “If you have any other questions or concerns related to fire safety, please feel free to call us at 788-4106. For emergencies, dial 911,” he adds. The Crowley Fire Department wishes everyone a safe and Happy Independence Day.