Fairfield County Officials Give Fourth Of July Safety Tips

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Fairfield County residents should not use illegal fireworks this Fourth of July weekend, public safety officials say.
Fairfield County residents should not use illegal fireworks this Fourth of July weekend, public safety officials say. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Darien Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. -- Fairfield County public safety officials are asking residents to be safe this Fourth of July weekend.

Each year, nationwide there are 10,000 injuries, three deaths and 25,000 fires due to illegal fireworks, according to the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association. The only fireworks permitted by law in Connecticut are sparklers and fountains. Illegal fireworks include bottle rockets, Chinese lanterns, firecrackers, black cats, lady fingers, roman candles, smoke bombs, party poppers, snakes, professional display aerial shells shot from mortar tubes, M-80s, M-100s, cherry bombs, blockbusters, quarter sticks and similar devices.

"Fire chiefs and fire marshals along with law enforcement and others in the public safety community urge you to enjoy your 4th of July season by taking your friends and families to a legal, licensed and permitted public fireworks display -- and leave it to the professionals," the Connecticut Police Chiefs said in a statement. "It's safer, it's legal and it's a lot more fun."

The Norwalk Fire Department is also warning residents to only use legal fireworks, and to always read and follow directions, have an adult present and keep water nearby when using fireworks.

When grilling this weekend, you should never operate grills on combustible balconies and decks, inside garages or carports, or within 10 feet of a structure, the Norwalk Fire Department said. Grills should be set up in an open area away from low-hanging tree limbs, dry leaves and brush. You should always check propane tanks for leaks and make sure nobody is playing near where you will be grilling. 

Make sure to purchase the proper starting fluid if you are using a charcoal grill, and if you must dispose of the ashes before they are fully cooled, soak them in water before putting them in a non-combustible container.

With temperatures expected to be in the low 80s this weekend, the Norwalk Fire Department is advising residents to exercise proper heat safety.

"Stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day, and stay inside an air-conditioned building if possible," the Norwalk Fire Department said in a statement. "Supervise children. Children rely on adults to tell them when to come inside, when to drink water and what sort of clothing to wear. It doesn't take long for a child's small body to become overheated."

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"Inappropriate Fireworks":


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Wrap your children in cellophane and hide the family in the basement for the entire holiday. If you must use fireworks, use only the quiet legal boring ones you can buy at Stop and Shop--and only if the children wear nomex burkas, and give local authorities forty eight hours advance notice. Note that party poppers, which have been a mainstay at childrens birthday parties for decades, have now been declared illegal by the Authorities. Stay inside on warm days and schedule picnics in the evening and nightime hours, making sure that cupcakes and other former treats comply with Mrs. Obama's guidelines.
Wait!! An alternative idea!!! Say "Screw the Authorities", get some cherry bombs, M-80s and bottle rockets; drink beer and high sugar soda in the sun; play baseball without helmets--and celebrate the fourth like real Americans used to, before they declared their dependence on "The Authorities".

Greenbeanie is a right wing kook

You had me at "nomex burkas"!

Well played!