City law prohibits the sale, use, possession, and storage of consumer grade fireworks. This law has been in effect for quite some time and was designed to prevent injury and property damage to you, your family, and your neighbors. Illegal fireworks may be confiscated and you could face fines or even incarceration for possessing, selling, displaying, or storing them. Fireworks are dangerous and should only be handled by professionals. Fireworks, if found, may be turned in to Montgomery County Fire Rescue Services or by calling 3-1-1. There are several fireworks exhibitions in the region on and around July 4 that are sure to impress and wow. The City of Rockville asks you to attend one of these shows instead of endangering your friends, family and property with consumer fireworks.
Heat related illness is responsible for more than 100 deaths a year, yet it is a preventable problem for most. Follow these quick and simple tips to ensure that you are healthy and happy this summer.
- Seniors (65+), infants, children and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress and should be checked on more frequently in extreme heat conditions.
- Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. Stay inside when it's hot or visit a public library, museum or shopping mall to stay cool and active.
- Listen to local news and weather channels or contact the local health department during extreme heat conditions for health and safety updates.
- Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages often, regardless of your activity level.
There's nothing like outdoor grilling. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips for safe grilling:
- Only use propane and charcoal grills outdoors.
- Place well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets away.
- Keep clean by removing grease or fat buildup.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Between 2004-08 fire departments responded to an average of 7,700 home fires involving grilling, July being the peak month.
- More than half of home grill structure fires begin on either a courtyard terrace or patio, or an exterior balcony.
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