Okinawa 1988-1991

Okinawa 1988-1991

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Independence Day Guidelines

Base officials offer guidelines for fun, safe Independence day.

The Fourth of July is a time for fun and revelry as Americans across the globe celebrate freedom and commemorate their independence from Great Britain.

There are many activities associated with the holiday weekend such as barbecues and fireworks, but these activities can be hazardous and sometimes, especially in the case of fireworks, illegal.

Marine Corps Bases Japan Order 5500.2C prohibits the use of fireworks on base and by Status of Forces Agreement personnel.

Fireworks can be a risk to operate for anyone other than professionals and cause $20 million in property damage annually, according to the National Fire Prevention Association.

There are many opportunities to enjoy fireworks during the summer, and many occasions and local festivals throughout the year that incorporate fireworks, such as Kadena Air Base's Great American Bash July 4. For more information regarding the display, call the 18th Services Squadron at 632-0310.

Fireworks are not the only danger to people and property during the Independence Day weekend, according to Recil Mabry, assistant fire prevention chief of the Marine Corps Bases Japan Fire Department. During the holiday, the fire department regularly receives calls to put out outdoor barbecue fires.

The MCBJ Fire Department recommends always supervising the grill while barbecuing, keeping children and pets away from the grill, checking hose connections on gas grills, only using charcoal starting fluids on charcoal grills, and reading the manufacturers instructions completely.

'The 101 Critical Days of Summer on Okinawa are a great time for barbecues, festivals, and fireworks each with their joys and inherent dangers,' said Robbin Johnson, an occupational safety and health specialist for the Marine Corps Base Camp Butler Safety Office. "Think about your safety and the safety of those around you when you partake in the happy days of summer."


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