We all enjoy the 4th of July because most of us plan cookouts with family and friends. We like to end our night typically by either watching a fireworks show somewhere, or setting off our own fireworks because somehow fireworks have become synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day.
However, the thrill of fireworks can also lead to serious injuries. Here are some important safety tips to consider when using fireworks:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Avoid purchasing fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could potentially pose serious danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
Parents must keep in mind that young children suffer injuries from sparklers because they can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees. (These are temperatures hot enough to melt some metals.)
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device while attempting to ignite the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting the firework.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited upon your first attempt.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishaps.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning period, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it in order to prevent a trash fire.
- Make certain that the types fireworks you would like to set off are legal in the City of Cleveland prior to making your purchase.
Today is the first day of Public Power Week! Here at Cleveland Public Power (CPP) we are excited about a week of activities highlighting the importance of Public Power while thanking the men and women who keep the lights on and our valued customers who believe in giving “Power to the People.”
Nationally, the first full week of October of each year is designated as “Public Power Week,” and it affords locally owned and operated utilities an opportunity to showcase the benefits they offer to their communities. CPP will join more than 2,000 other utilities in celebrating the advantages providing locally grown and locally operated electricity to its residents.
To kick-off the week, Cleveland Public Power joins Cleveland Slow Roll, a local biking advocacy group, in hosting a night ride through Cleveland neighborhoods. This ride demonstrates the utility’s commitment to the community, promotes physical health and safe biking while also offering fun facts about physical energy. Did you know that 600 riders, pedaling at a speed of 10 mph will generate enough power to light a home for nearly a month? Come out and help us meet that number.
On Wednesday, October 4th, CPP will thank its customers for their continued support with “Coffee and Donuts” in the lobby of the Carl B. Stokes Public Utilities Building from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
To further demonstrate its commitment to the community, Cleveland Public Power concludes the week with its Open House where attendees can see how power is transmitted to their homes; learn how to be safe around electricity and engage youth in the 4th Annual Solar Sprint, which highlights renewable energy.
The Solar Sprint is a highlight of this event and more than 30 local teams representing students in grades 3-8 are anxiously preparing their vehicles to claim bragging rights as the fastest car in the race. They will demonstrate their knowledge of engineering, aerodynamics and show their creative flair.
The Solar Sprint kicks off at Noon with the Open House beginning at the conclusion of racing. For more information on the event, call 216-857-2624.