Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Yes folks, the summer silly season has arrived here in our fair valley.  Fireworks go on sale this week for Independence Day celebrations next week.  And then of course there is the Pioneer Day celebrations on the 24th of July here in Utah.  For those of you not from around these parts, the 24th of July is a state holiday where we take the day off work to watch parades, eat watermelon, possibly float down a canal on an overinflated inner tube, and then light off fireworks...don't ask me how this honors pioneers, it just does.

First I want to remind you all to please keep a close eye on your pets and animals during firework season.  If your pets are anything like Molly the Wonder Dog, they might need a little extra care in the next few weeks.  I can't say enough good things about thundershirts for dogs and cats, they really do help. 

Second, The people over at the Cache Fire And Emergency Updates blog http://cachefire.blogspot.com/ have posted the following information about firework safety.  Please take a minute to read through it:

The fireworks season has arrived

Please remember that fireworks are in fact explosives. They can be dangerous when used improperly.
Fireworks may be sold in the State of Utah from June 23 to July 27.

Fireworks may be discharged in the State of Utah from July 1 – July 7 between the hours of 11am to 11pm, extended to midnight on July 4.

Fireworks may also be discharged in the State of Utah from July 21 – July 27 between the hours of 11am to 11pm, extended to midnight on July 24.

At this time there are no restrictions throughout Cache County. However do to the changing of environmental conditions the restrictions for the 24th holiday have yet to be determined.

Fireworks safety tips:

·         Buy and use only legal fireworks.
·         Read and follow label directions.
·         Fireworks should only be used under adult supervision, even sparklers can injure. Sparklers burn at up to 1,800 degrees and are the third leading cause of eye injuries.
·         Keep a bucket of water or a hose at discharge site.
·         Light one firework at a time. If they don’t ignite, don’t try to relight them.
·         Always place fireworks on a hard flat surface.
·         Dispose of fireworks safely. Soak in water before throwing them in the trash.
·         Never point fireworks at others.
·         Wear eye protection.
·         Don’t drink alcohol while setting off fireworks.

Aerial fireworks safety tips:

·         Aerial fireworks are designed to travel up to 150 feet into the air and then explode.
·         Aerial fireworks shall be placed on a hard level surface outdoors, in a clear and open area prior to ignition.
·         Anyone under the age of 16 shall not handle or operate aerial fireworks.
·         Ignition of aerial fireworks shall be a minimum of 30 feet from any structure or vertical obstruction.
·         Aerial fireworks shall not be ignited within 150 feet of the point of sale.
·         Please read and obey all safe handling instructions before using aerial fireworks.

Craig Humphreys            
Fire Marshal                                  
Logan, Fire Department                                   
(435) 716-9515

Jason Winn
Fire Marshal
Cache County Fire District
(435) 755-1670

Jason Killinen
Fire Marshal
North Logan, Fire Department
(435) 755-5739

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