2018-06-28 / Front Page

Safety First July Fourth!

By Cassidy Pittman

Keystone Fireworks is open for Independence Day business at the Save-A-Lot parking lot in McConnellsburg. Keystone Fireworks is open for Independence Day business at the Save-A-Lot parking lot in McConnellsburg. Every year millions of Americans gather together to celebrate the country’s Independence Day on July 4. Although the tradition has existed since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, it was only last October that Pennsylvania legalized the sale of fireworks containing up to 50 milligrams of explosive material. It replaced the Fireworks Act of 1939, which only allowed Pennsylvanians to purchase ground-based fireworks, like fountains. As everyone prepares for a bigger, more explosive Independence Day this year, please keep in mind the following safety tips, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association :

Ignite fireworks a minimum of five to eight yards away from the closest spectator.

Light only one firework at a time and never reignite a firework that doesn’t light the first time.

Never aim a firework at yourself or another person or pet.

Always have a sober adult in charge of lighting the fireworks.

When finished, allow used fireworks to stand for at least 20 minutes, submerge in water, drain, and then dispose.

For pets

According to online sources, Animal Control officials across the country report a 30 percent increase in lost pets each year between the dates of July 4 and 6. Here are some simple tips to help pets stay calm during this year’s festivities:

1. Wear your dogs out. Let them get as much exercise as they can before the fireworks begin, and kennel them inside your home if possible.

2. Lessen noise by keeping windows and doors closed while your pups are inside. Having a TV on can also help to mask the sound of pyrotechnics.

3. Check their tags. In the event that a pet would become anxious and run off during the festivities, be sure that their tags have the correct information. July 5 is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters. If your pet should end up in one, their tag will make it easier for someone to return your pooch home safely.

Have a safe Independence Day!

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