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COMMUNITY CORNER - Remember safety while celebrating upcoming July 4 holiday

By Col. Andrew Cole | GARRISON COMMANDER | June 24, 2014

Our nation celebrates its 238th anniversary of independence this Fourth of July. As we commemorate this special holiday with friends, family, fireworks and good food, let’s remember safety first.

Fireworks play a major part of our Independence Day celebrations. However, fireworks at Fort Riley are prohibited yet are allowed in neighboring communities, such as Junction City and Manhattan. Please celebrate responsibly.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety website has provided some basic safety tips for firework consumers to follow in hopes of reducing any risk of injuries during this time of year. Be sure to purchase fireworks from a reliable source and follow instructions on the product’s safety label. Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings and vehicles.

All firework activities should be supervised by a responsible adult. Protect children from preventable injuries as they should never be allowed to handle any explosives. Keep water nearby in order to soak duds or spent fireworks before placing them in an outdoor trash can. Also, be sure to report any illegal explosives to the fire or police department.

Remember, alcohol and fireworks are not a good combination. Neither is drinking and driving. Use common sense and drink responsibly.

Now, if you’re planning to enjoy a backyard barbecue, keep grilling safety in mind, too. Always supervise barbecue grills when in use.

Unattended grills or misuse can lead to fire and serious injuries. Before grilling, perform a thorough safety inspection before lighting the grill. Never use a grill in an enclosed space and ensure the grill is stable before cooking. Don’t wear loose clothing when cooking on a grill. Keep flammable materials away from the grill and make sure the fire is out when you are done.

For those preparing to enjoy their time out in town, Junction City’s 2014 Sundown Salute from July 2 to July 5 has a lot to offer. It’s the largest free Independence Day celebration within the state of Kansas. Events and activities include band performances, a carnival, parade, car show, bicycle stunt show, a freedom run and a veterans ceremony. For more details or a schedule of events, visit

For more information on safety-related issues, visit the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/ Safety Center website at

Additionally, the Garrison Safety Office is a great local resource for safety information. It can be reached at 785-239-2514.

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