While the best kind of memories can be made during 4th of July celebrations, tragedies and injuries caused by misusing fireworks can put a damper on those memories. Lt. Del Real, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Century Station, says residents should leave the fireworks to the professionals. Although Lt. Del Real encourages residents to come out and enjoy the City of Lynwood’s annual 4th of July Spectacular at Lynwood Park he recognizes people will set off their own fireworks anyway. So he encourages residents to use Safe and Sane fireworks. He just hopes that families take every precaution possible to keep themselves and their children safe. Here are a few tips from Lt. Del Real:
• Fireworks should always be purchased from authorized vendors.
• Teach kids how to keep sparklers away from their face, clothing, hair and others.
• Never make your own fireworks.
• Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby for emergencies.
• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
• Light one firework at a time.
• Don’t pick up any fireworks after an event, they may be hot.
• Never relight a dud.
“We understand that people want to enjoy their 4th of July and all of the festivities that come with the holiday, but at the same time, safety comes first,” said Lt. Del Real.
Together, the City of Lynwood and Century Station have launched a “Say No to Illegal Fireworks Campaign” in hopes of convincing people to take a pledge and NOT discharge, sell or buy illegal fireworks in the City, or anywhere else. Nearly 8,000 people are expected to attend this year’s 4th of July Spectacular that will include family fun festivities beginning at 3 p.m. The fireworks display starts at approximately 9 p.m.