Independence Day is one of the important days in the history of any country, and as in years past, citizens will celebrate. 4th Of July is therefore an important day for the residents of Harris County and the United States as the country became free and declared its independence on this special day.

Harris County Constable Mark Herman’s office is prepared for the 2017, 4th of July. His staff has coordinated Constable Patrols that will be focused on communities throughout Precinct 4. In addition, his team will have DWI STEP Patrols on the streets looking for Impaired Drivers. Do not drink and drive it is not worth it, and the chances of you being arrested will be very high during this period. The Constable’s Office recommends:

  • Don't drink and drive.
  • Designate a driver.
  • Call a cab.
  • Spend the night where you are, if possible.

Firework Injuries
According to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the hands and fingers receive 41 percent of the injuries associated with fireworks, followed by heads, faces and ears with 19 percent, trunks with 15 percent, legs with 13 percent, eyes with 12 percent and arms with 1 percent. Over half of these injuries were minor to severe burns. Firecrackers (23 percent), bottle rockets (12 percent) and sparklers (12 percent) are the primary types of fireworks that resulted in injury.

Firework Safety Tips
Fireworks can be dangerous, so in order to prevent injuries and deaths that are related to fireworks, here are a few firework safety tips to follow this Fourth of July:

  • Children should never be allowed to ignite or play with fireworks.
  • An adult should always be supervising firework activity.
  • A garden hose or bucket of water should always be on hand in the event of a mishap or fire.
  • No one should ever try to pick up or re-ignite a firework that did not ignite properly or fully the first time around.
  • Fireworks should only be lit one at a time and the person lighting them should immediately move away from the firework after lighting it.
Have a safe and prosperous July 4th, from all of us at The Precinct 4 Constable’s Office!