Written by Christy Hinko Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00
Fireworks are synonymous with the celebration of Independence Day in Floral Park. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain.
“Amateur use of fireworks is not only it is illegal and dangerous to persons and property,” said Floral Park Fire Commissioner Kevin Fitzgerald. Fireworks are illegal to own or use by anyone other than licensed professionals in New York State.
More fires are reported on July 4th than any other day of the year in the United States. An assortment of holiday fires are started by landing sparks and hot left-over displays.
“There are many ways to enjoy the 4th of July here in Nassau County without using illegal fireworks,” said Fitzgerald.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), thousands of people are injured while using consumer fireworks every July 4th holiday. In addition to injury to small children, many adults get badly burned lighting sparklers and fireworks. The risk of fireworks injury is two-and-a-half times as high for children ages 10–14 as for the general population.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported for calendar year 2012 approximately 1,000 injuries involved sparklers and bottle rockets — fireworks that are frequently and incorrectly considered safe for young children. Sixty percent of all fireworks injuries occur during the 30 days surrounding the July 4th holiday. It’s important to remember how dangerous sparklers can be. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
Fireworks safety tips:
• The safest and best way to avoid injury is to view fireworks displays by trained professionals.
• Obey and respect any and all public safety barriers set up around the site of a professional fireworks show.
• Resist the temptation to get close to the firing site. Often, the best view of a professional display is from a quarter of a mile or more away.
• Leave your pets at home - the loud noise can scare animals and damage their hearing.
• Do not possess or shoot off fireworks on your own.
• Do not pick up or attempt to re-light used fireworks – they may still be active and can cause serious burns or injury.
Fitzgerald added, “Please have a safe and enjoyable weekend in celebrating our nation’s birthday.” The best protection is to enjoy fireworks from a professional display. For information visit www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks/
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
On Saturday, July 26, Floral Park and Hance Family Foundation supporters from more than 23 states, including from Michigan, Louisiana, and Arizona, from three countries joined in the remembrance of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance in the foundation’s annual Day of Remembrance. Green ribbons and balloons were tied generously around trees, lampposts, railing and garden stakes, celebrating the lives of the sisters, gone too soon.
The foundation’s Facebook page was loaded with photos and prayers and messages from around the globe, from those who participated in some way, remembering the sisters who died in a car accident on July 26, 2009, at ages 8, 7, and 5.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 11:12
Bright blue eyes, a full head of hair, beautiful smile, and full of energy. At 5 years old, Ethan Demmers is possibly at the healthiest he will be in his life. Ethan was recently diagnosed with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD). Typically, people with this disease live only into their 20s. Over the next few years, the disease will slowly attack every muscle in Ethan’s body, eventually causing him to permanently be in a wheelchair. Ethan’s parents are not ready to give up their hope for a cure. They are fully committed to helping find a cure for this deadly illness, not just for their own son, but for all others suffering as well.
Ethan’s father, Dustin Demmers, is an English teacher at Floral Park Memorial High School. To the student body, Demmers can be described as funny, happy, wacky, wild, crazy, and unique among other adjectives. Demmers can be found smiling through the halls, making jokes over the loudspeakers, or making his class into the ideal environment for learning.