MCDOWELL COUNTY, W.Va. – Kimball and Gary Police Chief S. P. “Pat” McKinney has cautious words for Fourth Of July Celebrations.
“Please don’t let children play with fireworks is my main thing,” said McKinney. “A child losing a finger, eye, or their life is a tragedy to
avoid at all costs. Be considerate of your neighbors and their pets and make the holiday a celebration not a tragedy.”
McKinney suggests adults handle all exploding fireworks as well as being aware of pets and individuals sensitive to loud noises. The expected high temperatures should be a consideration by sun screen on children and keeping them hydrated. Hot weather brings out snakes and insects to be aware of and no living creature should be left in a vehicle unattended.
“Drugs and excessive alcohol should not be part of the celebration
and folks should try to enjoy the weekend with family friendly activities. Don’t risk or cause harm to others or yourself and enjoy what promises to be a beautiful holiday weekend.” McKinney commented.


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