4th of July Celebration Safety

Independence Day is here once again and we all know what that means!

Fireworks, fireworks, and yes, more fireworks!!!! For most of us we just love the brilliant colors, the thundering sounds and the community comes together to celebrate our independence. Maybe we even set off a few our own. But before you do I would like to share with you some statistics and how to be safer during these celebrations.

In 2020, there were 18 fatalities do to improper safety measures. The year before there were 12. In that same year, over 15,000 injuries lead to emergency room visits that saw injuries from mild to severe burns, in some cases unfortunate individuals even lost their fingers.

Around the lake area, there will be plenty of professional firework shows, weather permitting. Here a few ways to enjoy the festivities safely:

1: Leave it to the professionals. Check your local listings for a firework celebration near you.

2: If you plan on firing off your own, first make sure you are doing so safely, have a fire extinguisher on hand that is ready to be used, and know how to use it properly.

3: Make sure you have enough open space; stay clear from the woods, dry ground, and buildings which can accidently catch fire.

4: Keep children at a safe distance and express to them the importance of fire safety.

Lets try and make this Independence Day celebration fun, exciting, and (most importantly) incident-free.

Published by camdencountydemd

I became the Deputy Director of Camden County, MO Emergency Management Agency on February 21, 2022! So far, I have been through an Emergency Operations Center activation, a deployment with the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team for the 2022 Polar Plunge in Osage Beach, MO, and I am working on attaining my FEMA certifications. I have served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer and I have training as a Paramedic. I look forward to serving the residents and visitors of Camden County, MO.

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