Safety tip: Celebrate July 4th with caution (July 1, 2020 Hotline)

Safety tip: Celebrate July 4th with caution

The Fourth of July will be different this year. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, families will be finding new ways to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day while following state and national health official guidelines. While fireworks are part of our traditions, NMSU’s Fire Department wants you to stay safe. The National Fire Protection Agency reports that fireworks are responsible for more than 50,000 fires each year.

The city of Las Cruces is planning to host a professional Fourth of July fireworks display this year for all to enjoy. City officials are not disclosing the location and are asking people not to gather or look for it. The best way to enjoy the show is to stay close to home and look in the general direction of U.S. 70 at Interstate 25.

Fireworks safety

  • Always use fireworks outside on flat, level ground and have a bucket of water, a fire extinguisher or garden hose nearby.
  • Keep fireworks away from rubbish, dry brush, piles of leaves and other flammable objects.
  • Do not allow children to handle fireworks without adult supervision.

Fireworks can be extremely dangerous

  • If an injury is caused by fireworks, call 911 or go to a doctor or hospital immediately.
  • If an eye injury occurs, make sure that the eyes are not touched or rubbed – this can cause further damage that can lead to loss of vision.
  • If a burn is sustained, remove clothing of the burned area.
  • A burn sheet may be applied if available; run cool water over the burn area.

In some areas, fireworks are illegal; check with your local fire/police department before using, or visit the Dona Ana County website. The best way to enjoy fireworks is to watch he displays created by professionals with proper training from a safe distance. Stay home, enjoy the fireworks and have a safe Fourth of July.

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