Brian McInerney, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, stated in a Deseret News article that June 2013 is the driest month and Utah is the second driest state in the nation. He also expected a soaring temperature this weekend. St. George is forecasted to reach 113 degrees and Salt Lake City will top 102 degrees Friday through Sunday. There are concerns on how that excessive heat will affect people’s health and daily water usage.

Reservoir storage is already on a depleted stage but the state is highly probable to draw more from the water reservoir since relief from the skies is unlikely. McInerney hopes for lots of rains and thunderstorms that, although will not help reservoir level, will save stored water since people will be using rain water instead.

Authorities are also on the lookout for wildfires and have cautioned residents over and over again to be extra careful this summer as
wildfires are also becoming a threat to communities.

With the upcoming celebrations that call for the use of fireworks the above-mentioned concerns brings to an intense focus safety and well-being needs of the greater majority.

Just recently, the Utah State Fire Marshal has made available the specific information about when and where fireworks can be discharged in Utah.

This is the information provided:

  • Class C fireworks can be sold from June 23 to July 27, December 29 to December 31, and for two days before and on the day of Chinese New Year’s Eve.
  • For the July holidays, fireworks may be discharged between July 1 and July 7 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., except on July 4, when the time is extended to midnight.
  • Fireworks may also be discharged between July 21 and July 27 between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. On July 24 the time is extended to midnight.

But these are not the only things that we should all be deeply aware especially of if you plan to light fireworks. Always remember that:

  1. It is illegal to light fireworks not bought in Utah at any time.
  2. Check local restrictions first before lighting fireworks. Obey local laws.
  3. Use fireworks outdoors only.
  4. Always have a hose or a bucket of water nearby as a safety precaution.
  5. Use fireworks as intended. Never combine or alter them.
  6. Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
  7. The person lighting the fireworks should wear safety glasses.
  8. Only persons over age 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
  9. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix! Have a “designated” person light fireworks. This designated person must not be drinking during the lighting of fireworks.
  10. DO NOT ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives.

In Utah from 2002 to 2006, 367 fireworks related fire incidents were reported, resulting in over $490,000 loss. The safest way to enjoy the thrill of fireworks, pyrotechnic displays and flame effects is to let the professionals handle these products. It is safer to just attend a public fireworks display rather than have your own fireworks display. Even as a spectator, use your common sense to keep yourself and your family safe. Always keep a safe distance from the fireworks.

Children must not be allowed to use sparklers without adult supervision. It is the responsibility of the adult to teach the children how to handle sparklers properly. Sparkler burns are also painful and using closed shoes can protect the feet in case the child accidentally drops the sparkler.

Fireworks are an American tradition. Safety and common sense are as important as we celebrate the holidays with fireworks. Shooting fireworks can provide hours of wholesome family entertainment but must be use carefully and safely.

Christensen & Hymas knows that it will be great to celebrate the upcoming holidays with fireworks. We encourage everyone to adhere to safety measures and obey all local laws concerning the use of fireworks.

If you have been injured as a result of someone’s recklessness or negligence, you are entitled to compensation. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for an initial free consultation. We can help you with your problems with personal injury claims.

Photo copy right of Suresh.