On the behalf of the Arbor Rescue Squad we would like to thank all of our Veterans and Active Military personnel for their service and sacrifice so that we may all celebrate our freedoms and independence this coming weekend. We ask that residents everywhere please respect these men and women and be courteous with your personal use of fireworks. One of the unfortunate costs of defending our freedoms comes in the form of PTSD for some of our service men and women. As a nation who relies on these brave men and women we need to respect the price they have paid for all of us this weekend.
Most people around the country enjoy firework displays, what most people don’t realize are the extreme dangers of fireworks when they are not handled properly by trained and licensed professionals in controlled conditions. Lighting off fireworks can be fun where it is legal. However, it is no different than setting off a bomb, they are both explosives and act exactly the same. Fireworks run the same risks of failure as anything you buy, except most won’t explode in your hand and you don’t get a warranty plan for your body like you do for a TV.
Please consider all the risks of personnel injury, permanent disability/scarring, hurting someone else or damaging other people’s homes before you decide this 4th of July to set off any fireworks. If you think twice, be responsible, and act safety this year, Independence Day can be enjoyed by everyone, including all of the emergency services who won’t have to worry about responding to preventable injuries and fires. Also if you know or see a Veteran or Active Service Personnel please take a moment to thank them for everything they do and stand for. The Arbor Rescue Squad wishes everyone a Very Happy and Safe 4th of July Celebration this weekend!