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Our View: Be safe this Fourth of July

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opinion New Richmond, 54017

New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

Celebrating America’s Independence Day with fireworks is long-standing tradition. Nothing says summer like gazing skyward at explosions of blue, green, orange, yellow, purple, pink and red just after dusk on a warm evening.

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It’s a time to remember how thankful we are to live in America under the blanket of freedom secured by our revolutionary forefathers.

It’s also a time to keep safety in mind.

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs offers the following safety tips:

• Adults igniting the fireworks should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.

• Only buy fireworks from reliable sellers.

• Use fireworks only outdoors.

• Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.

• Always have water handy (a garden hose or a bucket).

• Light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves and flammable materials.

• Light only one firework at a time.

• Never throw or point fireworks at other people or animals.

• Keep your pets indoors to reduce the risk that they will run loose and get injured. Many animals have very sensitive ears and can be stressed or frightened due to the lighting of fireworks.

• The best advice, leave the fireworks displays to trained professionals. Then sit back and “ohhh…ahhh” as you enjoy the show!

With Independence Day falling on a Friday this year, it’s important to consider safety through all the holiday weekend’s various activities, whether they include boating, camping, hiking, barbecuing, picnicking or just spending time outside in the heat or possible severe weather.

And, as always, if you choose to make alcohol a part of your celebration, please make sure to designate a sober person to do the driving.

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