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Instead Of Blowing Off Your Fingers While Shooting Fireworks During A Drought, Why Don’t You Read A Book Instead?

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Why is it that people feel the need to buy fireworks? And why do people buy fireworks when drought conditions are ongoing or likely upcoming?

The Houston Chronicle recently ran a story about the varying regulations in counties in the Houston-area and in counties throughout Texas regarding fireworks. Today the Chronicle reported that a fireworks ban in Harris County has been extended through July 6.

( Above—Fireworks in Sydney Australia. You cannot recreate this at home.)

With much of the Houston-area in drought or near drought conditions, it is not certain to what extent the sale of fireworks will be permitted this year for Independence Day.

The sale of fireworks is banned in the City of Houston.

From the Chronicle story—

Between 2000 and 2007, there were 259 reported fireworks mishaps in Harris County, causing more than $2 million in damage. …In 2007, at least 21 Texans were taken to hospitals with fireworks-related injuries, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The risk of injuries and fire and all sorts of trouble is the big point here. Just what are the odds that people buying fireworks are using them in as safe a manner as possible? As safe as possible to the extent fireworks can be used safely at all? 

Here is what the Centers for Disease Control says about preventing fireworks injuries—

“Remember- the safest way to prevent fireworks-related injuries is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals.” 

Here is some more information on fireworks safety from the CDC. 

Instead of launching fireworks and maybe blowing your fingers off or torching your neighbor’s home, I propose that you read a book instead.

A novel I’m reading at the moment is Johnny Tremain. It is the story of a boy in Colonial Boston who sees all the great events in Boston leading up the American Revolution. There is plenty of action and you will learn about what it was like to live in Boston in the 1770’s.

 Please consider reading a book instead of losing an eye this summer when the fireworks you light go off course and leave you maimed. 

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments