TIP: Fireworks Safety Tips from Hays County Fire Marshal’s Office

Attached/below is information from the Hays County Fire Marshal’s Office that will help keep you safe should you choose to use fireworks this Fourth of July.  Please share this information with colleagues who do not have access to computers.

FIREWORK SAFETY TIPS

Ø  Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Ø  Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

Ø  Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.

Ø  Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

Ø  Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

Ø  Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Ø  Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

Ø  Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

Ø  Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

Ø  After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

Ø  Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

TIP: Consumer Protection & Internet Safety

Internet Safety: Netsmartz
http://www.netsmartz.org
Parents or caregivers, educators, government officials, law enforcement, and youth organizations that want to learn more about the Internet and the possible dangers to children online. It has many links including the Cybertip Line, and Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. According to the Norfolk Quarterly, this site is recommended by the Norfolk Police Department.

Internet Fraud: Looks Too Good to Be True
http://www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.gov
Be sure to visit this great web site sponsored by the FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service along with other partners dedicated to the education of consumer and prevention of internet fraud. This site will give you tips, describe the types of fraud, and tell victims’ stories. It includes a highly informative section of Frequently Asked Questions. You can take a test to see if you are at risk for fraud and you can also file a complaint at this site. Beat the thieves by being informed!

Internet Shopping: Safe Shopping
http://www.safeshopping.org
This informational site was created by the American Bar Association and contains a wide variety of subjects that will help you to order safely when shopping online. Topics included are security, delivery, complaints, best payment methods, and a helpful list of shopping tips.

Consumer Protection: Federal Consumer Information Center
http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/inthenews.htm
You will find general consumer information on a variety of topics, and also a description of the various federal programs, including Medicare. Look here for the Consumer Information catalog that can be viewed online, or downloaded free, or to to order booklets. There is a link to the National Call Center to obtain answers to your questions about the federal agencies, benefits, and services.

Consumer Information: USA Government’s Official Web Site
http://www.usa.gov
This is a first class site which was ranked as the most effective federal web site for 2007 and 2008. It has numerous links, and a huge amount of information on identity theft, privacy, chain e-mails, staying safe online, and common tax scams. Don’t miss this one!

Other Links:
DPS:   http://www.dps.texas.gov/
HCSO:   http://www.co.hays.tx.us/index.php/law-enforcement/sheriff/
Constables:   http://www.co.hays.tx.us/index.php/law-enforcement/constables/
Texas Parks and Wildlife:   http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/
TABC:   http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/
Borderland Beat:   http://www.borderlandbeat.com/
Terrorism Awareness Project:   http://terrorismawareness.org/
State of Texas Government:   http://www.texas.gov/en/Pages/default.aspx
Texas Department of Transportation:   http://www.dot.state.tx.us/default.htm
Texas Sex Offender Registry:   https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DPS_WEB/SorNew/index.aspx