FIREWORKS SAFETY - Firefighters urge citizens to leave fireworks to professionals
Independence Day, unfortunately, is one of the busiest days of the year for firefighters. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year, and two out of five are fireworks-related incidents.
The Johnson City Fire Department advises that the best way to enjoy fireworks and prevent injury is to watch a professional show, like the annual celebration at Freedom Hall. Not only is it illegal to have consumer fireworks within the city limits of Johnson City but they are also extremely dangerous and pose great risk to people and property.
According to a 2015 report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments annually. Celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks, cookouts and community events can quickly turn to disaster if proper precautions are not taken.
Children are especially at risk on July 4. Of those injured, 35 percent of victims with fireworks injuries were under 15. Children should never play with fireworks. Even sparklers can reach 1200º Fahrenheit. For more information about fireworks safety, visit http://www.nfpa.org/fireworks.
Beginning March 2, 2017, the Johnson City Board of Commissioners city commission meetings, as well as the Johnson City Regional Planning commission meetings, will be available for viewing via live streaming. Viewing is also available on our local government access channel Charter 192 and Comcast 17. The city commission is held every first and third Thursday of each month, and the planning commission is held the second Tuesday of each month. These are the only meetings that will be live streaming.
Click here for our live streaming page to view meetings and see agendas. We will have meetings available for playback viewing on this page for the past 12 months, however we will still provide older meetings on DVDs by request at a charge. For any questions on this service, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Check out WJHL anchor Josh Smith in this video to learn how you can Can the Grease!
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Check out this video to see what Thomas Construction’s Bill Thomas has to say about the project.
The Johnson City Water and Sewer Services Department encourages residents to follow these tips to protect their pipes. These precautions are especially important when homeowners are out of town and temperatures are below freezing.
Check out this video to see how you can avoid frozen pipes.
Johnson City began its quest for a cleaner environment in 1989 by implementing the first curbside recycling program in the State. Twenty years later, the City put together this video to demonstrate the impact of recycling in Johnson City.
Check it out to learn about our community’s commitment to the environment and what recycling services are available.