Whitesburg KY

Be safe with fireworks



Summer is here, and that means fireworks season is near.

With the Fourth of July a little more than a week away, residents can expect to see and hear an uptick in fireworks noises and explosions in the coming days.

With open sales and the holiday quickly approaching, there will be plenty of opportunities for residents to enjoy fireworks.

Along with the thrill of fireworks comes a responsibility to be safe, but also to be courteous of others while celebrating.

The loud pops, bangs and pretty colors can be fun for some, but can pose a problem for others.

As you celebrate the Fourth of July, it is important to be mindful of how your actions affect your neighbors.

When setting off fireworks, it’s important to be mindful of those who are trying to sleep after 11 p.m.

Many pets are frightened by the blasts and will either run off from their yard to get away from the noise or sit up barking throughout the night.

Additionally, a new movement is raising awareness about the effect fireworks can have on people with post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD affects about 8 million adults annually, with about 10 to 15 percent of those being veterans. Loud, sudden blasts of noise can be triggering for these individuals.

By following the rules laid out in a city ordinance, people who have concerns about fireworks can manage to avoid or work around the time frames when fireworks should be set off, and fireworks most likely will not be unexpectedly going off directly above peoples’ homes in the middle of the night.

The Fourth of July is a wonderful time to celebrate our country’s independence, but with all celebrations come a responsibility to be considerate, safe and responsible. There are ways to enjoy fireworks without disturbing your neighbors or breaking the law.

— The Winchester Sun

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