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Yonkers Waterfront Road Closures for 4th of July And Safety Tips From YPD

The Yonkers Industrial Development Agency will host the City of Yonkers 4th of July Celebration at the City waterfront on Wednesday, July 4th, the event begins at 7 PM.

Road Closures will include Main Street west of Buena Vista Avenue, Alexander Street, Van Der Donck Street, and secondary streets in the area of the Pier / Waterfront will close to vehicular traffic starting at 6 PM; commuters are advised to avoid the area and residents should plan accordingly.

The Yonkers Police Department would like to remind all residents that  Fireworks, including display fireworks, articles pyrotechnic, special effects, and consumer fireworks, are PROHIBITED IN THE CITY OF YONKERS.
However sparkling devices are allowed, BUT BE CAREFUL AS THEY CAN REACH TEMPERATURES UP TO 2000’ !!

Why are firework prohibited and sparklers permitted you asks, the YPD explains to Black Westchester that the difference is that fireworks can rise in the air, can fire inserts or projectiles into the air, and can explode or produce a report; sparkling devices are ground-based or hand-held devices that produce a shower of white, gold, or colored sparks as their primary pyrotechnic effect. Additional effects may include a colored flame, an audible crackling effect, an audible whistle effect, and smoke. These devices do not rise into the air, do not fire inserts or projectiles into the air, and do not explode or produce a report (an audible crackling-type effect is not considered to be a report).

“The Yonkers Police Department wants everyone to enjoy the holiday and have a happy and safe 4th of July – please check out these tips courtesy of the Red Cross and FEMA:
– Have a plan when attending large gatherings, to ensure you know where to meet up if you get separated from friends or family.
– Drink plenty of water – even if you don’t feel thirsty.
– Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
– Check on family, friends and neighbors who don’t have air-conditioning and spend much of their time alone.
– Don’t drink and drive – it’s just not worth it, you endanger everyone on the road, and you’ll go to jail.

– Only responsible adults age 18+ are allowed to handle sparkling devices.
– Keep a close on eye on children at events where fireworks are used.

– Use your grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under branches or overhangs.
– Open your gas grill before lighting.
– Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below your gas or propane grill so it cannot be ignited.
– Declare a three-foot “kid and pet-free zone” around the grill to keep them safe.
– Avoid loose clothing that can catch fire when cooking on the grill.
– Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
– Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
– Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

If someone’s visit to the shore includes swimming in the ocean, they should learn how to swim in the surf and only swim at a lifeguarded beach, within the designated swimming area. Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. Other safety tips include:
– Keep alert for local weather conditions. Check to see if any warning signs or flags are posted.
– Swim sober and always swim with a buddy.
– Have young children and inexperienced swimmers wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
– Protect the neck – don’t dive headfirst. Walk carefully into open waters.
– Keep a close eye and constant attention on children and adults while at the beach. Wave action can cause someone to lose their footing, even in shallow water.
– Watch out for aquatic life. Water plants and animals may be dangerous. Avoid patches of plants and leave animals alone.

Rip currents are responsible for deaths on our nation’s beaches every year, and for most of the rescues performed by lifeguards. Any beach with breaking waves may have rip currents. Be aware of the danger of rip currents and remember the following:
– If someone is caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until out of the current. Once free, they should turn and swim toward shore. If they can’t swim to the shore, they should float or tread water until free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
– Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.

Limit exposure to direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15. Reapply sunscreen often. Remember to drink plenty of water regularly, even if not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. Protect the eyes by wearing sunglasses that will absorb 100 percent of UV sunlight. Protect the feet – the sand can burn them and glass and other sharp objects can cut them.

During hot weather, watch for signs of heat stroke—hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing. If it’s suspected someone is suffering from heat stroke:
– Call 9-1-1 and move the person to a cooler place.
– Quickly cool the body by applying cool, wet clothes or towels to the skin (or misting it with water) and fanning the person.
– Watch for signs of breathing problems and make sure the airway is clear. Keep the person lying down.

Keep your Pet Indoors at All Times!
It may seem obvious, but even if your pet is used to being outside, the resulting panic caused by fireworks or other loud noises may make them break their restraint or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety. And NEVER Use Fireworks around Pets

While lit fireworks can pose a danger to curious pets and potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws, even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.


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