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Practice Safety This Holiday Weekend

By Pamela Redwine


The Extension Service will be closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 in honor of Independence Day.  We hope everyone will have a safe and fun holiday.
The Healthy You Exercise class meets each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Wear cool clothes, comfortable shoes and bring some water to drink.  We will not meet on Friday, July 5.
The Crochet Group will meet on Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m. – noon.  This program is free and open to the public. Please bring crochet yarn and crochet needle with you.
A 4-H sewing class will be held on Thursday, July 18 from 9 a.m. until noon.  There are 14 spots available for youth ages 7 to 15.  Volunteers are also needed.  All supplies for this program will be provided.  However there is a $3 fee to help cover expenses.  Please call 675-2730 or come by the Extension Office to register your child.  Workshop fee should be paid when registering.  If you call to register, workshop fee can be mailed to Yalobusha County Exten-sion Service PO Box 610, Coffeeville, MS 38922
The July Issue of the Yalobusha Loop Newsletter went out the first of this week.  If you didn’t get your copy please call the Extension office to add your name to the mailing list.
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Practice Safety when using Fireworks this 4th of July Holiday
The Fourth of July is a special time for everybody, especially kids with their fireworks.
Great memories of the holiday are created in many ways, including fireworks.  Obviously, if they aren’t handled and patrolled, the fun can quickly turn into a catastrophe. Lighting fireworks at home or in residential areas is illegal in some areas.  It is better to check with the authorities than suffer unneeded embarrassment or legal complications.

FIREWORKS USE FACTS
• The National Fire Protection Association estimates that fire departments respond to over 50,000 fires each year resulting from fireworks use.
• The tip of a sparkler can burn up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit (982 degrees Celsius).
• Glass burns at 900 degrees, wood burns at 575 degrees, cakes bake at 350 degrees and water boils at 350 degrees.
• The highest risk of injury when handling fireworks are from kids, ages five to 19 years followed by adults, 25 to 44.
• Ninety percent of emergency room trips from fireworks’ injuries involve fireworks consumers are permitted to use.
Risks of Injury-
~Highest is kids from 5-19 years
~Adults from 25-44 years
~90% of emergency room fireworks injuries involve fireworks consumers are permitted to use.
 
SAFETY TIPS FOR KIDS-
• Kids should never play with fireworks!  Fire-crackers, rockets, and sparklers are way too dangerous.  If you do give sparklers to kids, make sure that they burn them outside, keeping them away from their face, clothing, and hair.  Sparklers can reach up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit – hot enough to melt gold.
• Buy only legal fireworks that have the label with the manufacturer’s name and user instructions.  Illegal fireworks are most always unlabeled.  Some of their names are M-80, M100, blockbuster, or quarter pounder. These types were banned in 1966, but still account for many fireworks injuries.
• Do not attempt to make your own fireworks.
• Always use fireworks outside and keep a bucket of water close by and a hose, in case of an accident.
• Stay clear of other people. Sometimes fireworks will backfire or shoot in the wrong direction.
• Never point them at another person as a joke or in jest!
• Light one item at a time and not in a glass or metal container.  Never try to relight a “dud.”
• Don’t allow kids to pick up “spent” fireworks after an event. They could still be active.
• Soak “spent” fireworks in a bucket of water before putting them in the trash.
• Pets have sensitive ears and can become easily upset or stressed out when experiencing sudden loud noises.  It is a wise idea to put your pets inside and away from the noise area.
• Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks.
• Don’t hold fireworks in your hand.

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