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FIREWORK & SPARKLER SAFETY

Fireworksblur-bright-burnt-450301Americans buy nearly 300 million pounds of fireworks every 4th of July, amounting to 90% of residential fireworks purchased every year.  With that many fireworks in use, it’s important to discuss safety with your family and friends before lighting fireworks or sparklers.

So before you kick off your 4th of July celebration, make sure everyone stays safe with these firework & sparkler safety tips!

Purchase only legal residential fireworks

It can be tempting to buy the biggest firework you can find, but commercial (or illegal) fireworks are not intended for residential use.  They require special equipment to safely light, a large area to set them off, and even then fire departments are generally on site and alert just in case something doesn’t go as planned.  If you want to see large commercial fireworks, we recommend going to a professional local display instead.

Choose where the fireworks will be set off carefully

Fireworks represent a significant fire and injury hazard.  Carefully choose a location to set the fireworks off from that will be far away from people, trees, homes, and other structures.  Every year, 18,500 fires are caused by fireworks, so this potential risk cannot be overstated.

Similarly, anyone viewing the fireworks should be far away from the fireworks themselves.  We recommend designating a set area for everyone to stay in while the fireworks are going off.  Make sure that an adult is in this area as well to ensure that kids don’t wander out of this designated area or get hurt.

Children should always be supervised

Whether you’re setting off fireworks or lighting sparklers, children should be supervised the entire time.  While many people view sparklers as relatively harmless, they burn at 1,800 °F, which can cause a serious burn.  Instead of allowing small children to hold sparklers themselves, we recommend giving them an opportunity to enjoy the sparkler from a safe distance instead.

Never pickup a “dud” or misfire

If a firework doesn’t ignite properly, it’s important to recognize that it could still go off.  For this reason, it is important to never pick up a dud or misfire with your hands.  Instead, allow it some time to discharge itself (at least 30 minutes).  If that doesn’t happen, pick it up with a shovel and drop it immediately into a bucket of water before disposing of it.

Thoroughly put out all fireworks before disposing of them

Even fireworks and sparklers that look like they’re extinguished could be able to start a fire.  Keep a bucket of water outside and dunk each firework or sparkler before throwing it away to avoid a potential fire.  Special disposal requirements may be in place by your municipality, so be sure you check with them before disposing of fireworks.

Be prepared for the worst

Even if you’ve taken every precaution, it’s important to plan for the worst.  Fire is never something you expect to happen, so make sure to have a fire extinguisher handy.  We also recommend having a garden hose available just in case the fire extinguisher is insufficient for any reason.

About Disaster Blaster

Disaster Blaster is an indoor environmental firm serving the Northeastern PA Area.  Licensed to perform Radon Mitigation, we have been providing our local area with unparalleled fire / smoke restoration, mold remediation, water damage mitigation, radon mitigation, and asbestos abatement services for decades, and are proud to have been recently named The World’s Greatest Indoor Environmental Firm.  For more about Disaster Blaster, as well as more helpful tips, please visit our website at: www.disasterblaster.com or call our office at (570) 963-1123.

 

 

 

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THE SOUL SHAKERS HEADLINE OPEN HOUSE

SoulShakersNorthern Poconos’ newest event venue is spicing up its Open House with the addition of the popular local R&B band, The Soul Shakers.  Featured guitarist Jesse Mower, bassist Bill Coleman and drummer Sharon O’Connell are expected to entertain hundreds of local businesses and their families in attendance.  In addition to live music, kids’ activities and other entertainment will add to the Open House.

Located just 2 hours from NYC and 90 minutes from Philadelphia, Equestrian House© is an events venue for corporate events and meetings, family reunions, weddings, celebrations and spiritual retreats.  The venue can host small and large groups with as little as 25 people up to about 500 people or more on its over 100+ acres of pristine country land.  The vacation rentals have overnight accommodations consisting of seven units that can house up to 36 people. On-site activities include four tennis courts, six basketball courts, swimming pool, fishing pond, hiking trails, and acres of serene country to bond, relax and rejuvenate your entire team.

To experience what they have to offer, Equestrian House© is inviting businesses and their families to attend its Open House on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 4:00 – 8:00pm.  Hundreds of businesses in the area and their families are expected to tour the facilities, so it’ll be a good place to connect with other local companies.  Catering companies with food to sample for your next event will also be there.  In addition, local, reputable vendors will have food and drink available for purchase.

Registration is FREE at http://events.equestrianhousepa.com.  For more information, info@equestrianhousepa.com, call or text: 570-798-3234

 

MILFORD’S MUSIC IN THE PARK

MMintheP2019 Photo1Milford, Pennsylvania’s Music in the Park presents a free concert with Philadelphia-based newgrass group “Man About a Horse” on Sunday June 23rd from 1-4PM in Ann Street Park during the Milford Music Festival. The festival runs June 21st through the 23rd with dozens of free indoor and outdoor music performances in every nook-and-cranny of Milford Borough.

Man About a Horse performs in Milford, PA’s Ann Street Park on Sunday June 23rd from 1-4 PM

Man About a Horse blends traditional bluegrass, rock, pop, and country-folk to create an infectious, foot-stompin’, harmony & chops-driven sound. They won the 2018 FreshGrass Band award and recently signed with Nashville-based Dark Shadow Recording label. The band embarks on a UK tour a few days after their Ann Street Park performance.

Man About a Horse has performed all through the US and shared bills with Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Travelin’ McCourys and many others. The band’s self-titled 2017 release “Man About a Horse” debuted at #11 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts and garnered much critical acclaim.

Local singer-songwriter Maribyrd opens the show for Man About a Horse. Maribyrd’s vocal prowess is well known through the tri-state region and beyond. Her 2015 studio release “Cabin Sessions” showcases her rootsy, country-folk sensibilities. She performs with many of Northern NJ’s best folk and bluegrass musicians and maintains a busy schedule of performances all year long.

Maribyrd opens the show for Man About a Horse

Jen Murphy’s Studio at 113 West Harford serves as the alternate indoor location for the concert in the event of inclement weather. Like and follow our page at www.facebook.com/gazebomusic for updates about summer concerts in Ann Street Park and other events in and around Milford PA.

This a free concert thanks to our sponsors, including: Teslicko Enterprises, Waterwheel Cafe Bakery & Bar, Davis R. Chant Realtors, The Arlene Quirk Team at Keller Williams Real Estate, Cenci Chiropractic, Waterwheel Guitars, Bar Louis at the Hotel Fauchere, Fretta’s Italian Food Specialties, The Frisky Goat Coffee House, Jen Murphy’s Studio, and, the Milford Borough Recreation Committee.

About Milford PA’s Music in Park

Milford Pennsylvania’s Music in the Park presents free summer concerts in Ann Street Park on select Sunday afternoons. Nestled in the heart of the borough, the park is a short walk to dozens of independently owned shops, restaurants, bars, delis, art galleries, cafes & coffee shops, and our local farmers market. National touring/recording artists such as Caitlin Canty & grammy award winner Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers, Leftover Salmon); Heather Maloney; and Smithsonian Folkways recording artists Lula Wiles graced our humble gazebo stage in recent years. Our concerts are family friendly with play equipment, swings, and plenty of space to spread out and run around. Bring a picnic and come hear some great music in a relaxed, beautiful setting.