Fireworks are planned at dusk, July 3rd in Honesdale; July 3rd at Lake Ariel and July 4th at Lake Wallenpaupack below Hawley.


Contact us if you are planning a public fireworks display, so we may add it to the list. E-mail, twinews@wayneindependent.com. Thank you.


July 4th is a day of celebration across the country, and most families will . The most popular way to celebrate is throughwith an expansive fireworks display, oror festive  simply with sparklers. According to Geisinger experts, Unfortunately, firework injuries bring several patients each year into the emergency room, no matter the size or scope of their festivities.


 July 4th is a day of celebration across the country, and most families will . The most popular way to celebrate is throughwith an expansive fireworks display, oror festive  simply with sparklers. According to Geisinger experts, Unfortunately, firework injuries bring several patients each year into the emergency room, no matter the size or scope of their festivities.
Injuries resulting from fireworks and sparklers are extremely high, especially for people under 21.
“Each year we see a variety of injuries ranging in severity the entire holiday weekend,” according to Ronald Strony, M.D., director of emergency services for Geisinger Wyoming Valley. “We’ll see burns, severed fingers and, occasionally, very severe deformities resulting from mishandled fireworks.”
According to Tthe National Council on Firework Safety (NCFS), nearly 10,000 suggests that in 2007, people were firework injuriesed in the United States in 2007. There was 260.1 million pounds of fireworks imported in to the U.S. and for every 100,000 pounds, 3.8 people were injured. The annual costs for firework related injuries were $21 million. The top 3 most common injuries resulted from firecrackers, sparklers, and rockets. Firecrackers result in an estimated 1,300 injuries, whereas sparklers were at 1,000 injuries, and rockets 800 injuries. In regards to the body, hand injuries were approximately 2,300, eyes 1,500, and head, face, and ears 1,400. From Of thoese injuredies, one 1 out of every 3three people injured were under age 15 and there were 3three times as many males were injured than females.
Dr. Strony suggests that families follow the following safety tips to avoid injury this holiday:
• A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. (The average sparkler burns at 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore, the NCFS suggests that no one under the age of 21 should be handling sparklers.)
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Drink alcohol in moderation, away from firework activity. 
• Children under the age of 13 should not light their own fireworks
• Keep a source of water (like a hose or bucket) near firework activity.
• Follow label directions carefully.
• Never give sparklers, or other flammables to young children.
• Always use fireworks on a flat, stable surface.
• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
“Firework injuries are avoidable if precautions are carried out. Young children should be monitored at all times, regardless if fireworks are present,” according to Dr. Strony.