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State Fire Marshal and ATF encourage Kentucky residents to safely celebrate the Fourth of July

The Kentucky State Fire Marshal joins the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in reminding the public to exercise caution when dealing with fireworks. Haney “To better ensure a safe and happy Fourth of July, the public is encouraged to enjoy firework shows conducted by licensed professionals,” said Mike Haney, Kentucky’s Fire Marshal and Director of PPC’s Division of...

KCDHH emphasizes awareness and screenings in May during Better Speech and Hearing Month

Significant hearing loss can impact one’s emotional well-being, ability to work, socialize and even have a conversation with a family member or friend. May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, and the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet is raising awareness about the effects of hearing loss and providing resources for Kentuckians...

National Fire Protection Association offers fire safety tips for those outdoor Independence Day festivities

With the Fourth of July fast approaching and the summer months upon us, indulging in barbecues, holiday parties and swimming often top the list of activities to enjoy during the summer season. To help everyone do so safely, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding people about potential summer fire and electrical hazards, and providing tips and recommendations to minimize them. “By...

Keven Moore: Consumer fireworks bring risks — devastating burns, fires, and even death

Each Fourth of July, thousands of people — most often children and teens — are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks — devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. When it came to fireworks, growing up I used to think the cool dads and entrepreneurial young men in my neighborhood were the members of the...

Food, fireworks and fun — Paducah to host Independence Day Celebration on the riverfront

The City of Paducah will host an Independence Day Celebration on the riverfront on July 4 with a full day of family fun with food, fireworks, a large-scale community art project, and free entertainment. The event is sponsored in part by Independence Bank. An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people come each year to the riverfront to enjoy Paducah’s celebration. Food vendors begin serving by 1 p.m. on...

Lexington Legends 2018 promotional schedule includes discounts, free kids tickets and more

Lexington Legends fans can look forward once again to a summer of fun, stachetastic new promotions at Whitaker Bank Ballpark during the 2018 season. The 70-game home schedule begins Thursday, April 5. The Legends, Class A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, have planned a wide variety of promotions, theme nights and discounts throughout the season and much more for fans in Central Kentucky.  A full...

National Fire Protection Association urges leaving fireworks to the professionals on Fourth of July

Independence Day and fireworks go hand in hand, but fireworks shouldn’t go in consumers’ hands. That’s the message the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reinforcing this Fourth of July. Fireworks annually cause devastating burns, injuries, fires, and even death, making them too dangerous to be used safely by consumers. “Each year, thousands of people are injured from using consumer...

Fireworks fun, exciting and dangerous — tips to avoid a trip to the emergency room this Fourth

While fireworks can be fun and exciting, they also result in thousands of trips to the emergency room. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 12,000 people were treated for fireworks injuries last year, including more than 250 per day in the weeks leading up to and after July 4. More than one-third of these injuries involve children under 15. “Norton Children’s Hospital...

Science Guy: The key to making a homemade black snake for the Fourth? It’s all in the baking soda

Have you ever played with a “Black Snake?” Not the real one, the firework? When ignited, it smokes and creates ash resembling a snake. Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey with Hooked on Science shows us how to create one by using a few ingredients from around the house. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked...

National Council on Fireworks Safety provides guidelines to make the holiday weekend fun and safe

The number of Americans planning to use backyard fireworks this Fourth of July is expected to hit an all-time high. In preparation for holiday celebrations, The National Council on Fireworks Safety (NCFS) encourages consumers to review all safety tips before purchasing and using fireworks. “Every year, safety is our first priority as families begin to plan their Fourth of July festivities. While...

Lexington’s annual July 4 fireworks show shifts from downtown to Commonwealth Stadium

Lexington will light up the sky with fireworks as usual on the Fourth of July, but this year the celebration is moving to a new part of town … over Commonwealth Stadium. “We think this will be a great place to watch the fireworks,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “Thanks to the University of Kentucky and to the Arboretum for working with us.” Commonwealth Stadium will not be open, but parking lots around...

Research shows fireworks-related burns requiring hospital stays skyrocketing among kids

As states relaxed laws related to fireworks sales during the past decade, emergency doctors saw an increase in both the number of fireworks-related injuries among children and the severity of those injuries, according to new research being presented by faculty from the University of Louisville at the Pediatrics Academic Societies 2016 Meeting. An abstract of the study, “Effect of Fireworks Laws on...

Finish off summer by the water with a bonfire, fireworks, races and more at River Blast 2014

  Staff Report   On Aug. 16, the festival is coming to the river.   River Blast 2014 is an all-day KY River Water Trail Alliance special event with a goal of bringing awareness to the Kentucky River resource.   (Photo provided) Kentucky American Water presents River Blast 2014, which aims to be “a unique river event that rivals ‘Water Fire’ in Providence (Rhode Island), riverfront...

Keven Moore on Insurance: July 4 holiday
is time for fun but also a little extra caution

The July 4 holiday is one of the deadliest and most costly holidays from an insurance perspective. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   As with many of you, the celebration of our nation’s birthday is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It’s a time for families and friends to gather to cook out and create memories that will last a lifetime.   But did you know that the July 4 holiday...