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Chatham Emergency Services offers tips for a safe Fourth of July

Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 6:28 AM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Between boating, fireworks, and grilling, Chatham Emergency Services will be busy responding to calls this holiday weekend. While accidents are always possible, there are a few things you can do to prevent a trip to the ER.

Anytime the Fourth of July holiday falls on a weekend like it does this year, Chatham Emergency Services expects more calls. So, they like to offer a few reminders to keep the community safe.

If you are grilling, make sure to tighten the propane tank all the way to prevent fires. If you are out on the water boating, don’t drink and drive and be aware of other boats on the water because it will be congested.

But the number one thing CES says it responds to is injuries from fireworks.

While some of the bigger fireworks are dangerous, even sparklers can heat up to nearly 2,000 degrees and cause burns, especially when kids are playing with them and not paying attention.

The biggest concern is that people will get too close and get burned when setting off their own fireworks.

“They want to shoot them off and have them blow up in the air just like the real fireworks they see downtown. People are shooting those off in the street and they are very dangerous. You have to make sure they don’t go off prematurely and keep a good safe distance. Up in the air, that is a long way up there and you see how large it is. Imagine it going off on the ground and how much that is going to cover,” said Lt. Carl Sapp, Chatham Emergency Services.

When safely shooting off fireworks, make sure to be conscious of your pets, be respectful of your neighbors, and don’t fire off any after midnight. Also, don’t forget to have a water hose nearby and a bucket of sand or water for the kids to stick the sparklers in when they are done.

If you plan to head down to see the fireworks along River Street, the Savannah Police Department is asking you to be patient with all the people and traffic. Also, they ask you use common sense when out this weekend and as always, do not drink and drive.

“Be safe and we don’t necessarily mean just be safe when you are out and about but also be covid safe,” said Chief Roy Minter from Savannah Police. “Also, be aware of your surroundings and of course we always want to remind people, if you see something say and let us know if you see something suspicious that you need to be aware of.”

The department will have an enhanced presence along the river for Sunday’s festivities but they will have extra officers all throughout the city for the long weekend.

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