July 4th Message from the Fire Chief
A good day to all! As the Fourth of July approaches us at the height of our summer season here at the beach, I hope that all our visitors and residents enjoy the beach, the barbecues, and the family time together during this trying time. As such, I would like to share some friendly reminders for you and your family’s safety while staying at Ocean Isle Beach this holiday season.
Please remember first and foremost the Town of Ocean Isle Beach values the prevention of the spread of COVID 19 so as a reminder to know your Ws: Wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth, Wait six feet apart, and Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
Secondly, while enjoying the family cookout, please use caution when grilling as this can pose a risk for both fires and burn injuries. Maintain your grills from grease build-up, keep a safe distance from your residence while grilling, do not grill on your deck or combustible porch, and never leave your grill unattended. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) identifies July as being the peak month for grilling incidents.
Thirdly, I realize it is a letdown that firework shows have been canceled but remember this is for the safety of our residents and guests in the prevention of the spread of COVID 19. Although it may be a time to experience the excitement and joys of such firework displays, please refrain from using consumer fireworks as they pose an injury risk to the user and a fire risk to the community. NFPA documented that on the Fourth of July, fireworks account for nearly half of reported fires in the United States. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Annual Report for 2017, identified that in 2016 there were an estimated 900 emergency department-treated injuries associated with sparklers and bottle rockets, of which 400 were related to children under the age of five.
While enjoying the beach, please remember to use sunscreen and stay hydrated. The Fire Department and the Town of Ocean Isle Beach wish you a safe, healthy, and happy Fourth of July! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact the Fire Department at 910-579-2804 or by email at [email protected].