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
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 www.sundownsalute.org.
For more information on safety-related
issues, visit the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/ Safety Center website at https://safety.army.mil.
Additionally, the Garrison Safety Office is a great local resource for safety information. It can be reached at
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