Celebrate our independence ... with caution

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By The Staff

We will celebrate our nation's independence on Saturday with a celebration the likes of which most communities only dream about.

A story on today's front page gives all the details and there's a schedule of events we can clip out and take with us so we don't miss any of the exciting activities planned.

Then, on Saturday night, the annual fireworks show will attract thousands to the Miller Park area.

Fireworks are an American summertime tradition, especially around the Fourth of July. But, unfortunately, so are fireworks injuries.

Each year, Kentuckians suffer a painful array of fireworks-related injuries: burns, cuts, amputations of fingers and toes, loss of hearing or sight - and sometimes worse.

Most injuries in Kentucky are caused by bottle rockets, firecrackers, aerial bursts and sparklers. Children younger than 5 are injured most frequently by sparklers and bottle rockets.

Competent adult supervision is one of the best ways to prevent injuries.

It's important to remember that it's illegal in Kentucky to sell or use fireworks that are shot into the air or those labeled "explosive," "emits flaming pellets," "flaming balls," "firecrackers," or "rocket."

Kentucky law permits those 16 and older to purchase only consumer fireworks. These legal fireworks include ground and hand-held sparkling devices, novelties and trick noisemakers.

But just because they're legal doesn't necessarily mean they're safe. Sparklers can burn in excess of 1,800 degrees and even after they have burned out the wire can remain hot enough to cause a severe burn or start a fire.

Actually, the best advice is to leave fireworks to the professionals. And as everyone who has ever attended Campbellsville's Fourth of July fireworks knows, you won't be disappointed. Just remember, if you go, lighted fireworks are not permitted at Miller Park due to safety concerns, and law enforcement will confiscate any they see.

See you Saturday.