By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 4th of July is just around the corner, so let’s talk firework safety.
If you are interested in watching fireworks, the best viewing experience is a public show put on by experts. This year at USAG Bavaria, controlled public firework shows are expected to take place in Rose Barracks, Hohenfels and Garmisch — specific details are still pending.
It is also recommended that individuals do not use consumer fireworks, because there is ample room for user error. In the United States, officials state that over 16,000 reported fires are started by fireworks, annually. It’s also reported that sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.
Furthermore, the use of fireworks is only permitted in Germany on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s celebrations. And unless organized by the garrison with a special permit, fireworks are strictly forbidden on military installations and DOD-controlled areas.
If you are at events where fireworks are used, remember to keep a close eye on children. In the case of off-post fires and emergencies, call the German Fire Department at 112.
Do you know how hot a sparkler burns? Here is a simple chart to inform you:
1200 F — Sparklers are hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns!
900 F — Glass melts at 900 F
500 F — Wood burns at 575 F
300 F — Cakes bake at 350 F
200 F — Water boils at 212 F
The 2020 Summer Sense Campaign runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. So every Wednesday, listen for ASAP’s broadcast segment on AFN Bavaria. Then return to this article for the discussed recipes, quizzes and more.
Editor’s Note: Sidney Sullivan, with the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Public Affairs Office, contributed to this article.