Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Almost two-thirds of annual fireworks-related injuries happen in the 30 days centered on the 4th of July, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Fireworks are a traditional part of 4th of July festivities—but can also be dangerous. Area firefighters have warned of the dangers of consumer fireworks and in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, consumer fireworks are illegal. A recently released study from the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that last year, 65 percent of all fireworks-related injuries in the U.S. occurred in the 30-day period centered on the 4th of July. About 46 percent of those injuries involved the hands, and 34 percent affected the head, face or eyes, the agency reported. Injuries to the eyes are particularly serious. According to Dr. Michael P. Grant, director of Oculoplastic Surgery and of the Eye and Orbital Trauma Center at Johns Hopkins…
It will feel like it's more than 100 degrees this Fourth of July.
Whether you're at a pool, at the beach or planning on attending a Fourth of July parade and fireworks show, it's going to be hot day. The entire Washington, DC, metro region, including Montgomery and Prince George's counties, are under a heat advisory, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Although temperatures will remain between 90 and 100 degrees across the region, the heat index could reach 105 degrees. The heat advisory will remain in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday evening. "The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible," the forecasters wrote. NWS asks people to stay out of the sun, stay hydrated, cool off in air-conditioning where available …
Want to capture those bright lights bursting in air? Here are some tips from Patch photographers.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Although capturing fireworks on a camera can be difficult, if you have the right equipment and your camera is switched to the correct settings, you should be able to get some fantastic images. Here are some tips from Patch photographer Edward Maurer. Equipment needed: Other tips from photographer Darren Rowse's website:
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Chances are low, but rain could visit the region on the Fourth of July.
Although you may be weary of them, thunderstorms remain in the regional forecast through at least the Fourth of July. According to the National Weather Service, today will bring mostly sunny skies, high temperatures in the low 90s, and a 30 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Heading into the evening, chances of showers and thunderstorms will increase to 40 percent, but rainfalls are expected to be minimal. Daniel Porter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that those outside over the next few days should keep an eye on the sky and an ear tuned to the weather forecasts. Conditions could change rapidly. "Any storm, especially at this time of the year, has the potential to produce severe weather," …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Your trip to the beach for the 4th may not cost as much in gas as you expect.
As you prepare to take your summer vacations and Fourth of July trips, you’re probably bracing yourself for how much your drive to the beach will cost. The good news is it may not be as much as you expect -- or at least not as much as it used to be. According to AAA’s daily fuel gauge report, the average national cost of gas was about $3.53 per gallon, the Maryland state average cost was $3.32 per gallon and the average for the D.C. suburbs was $3.35 as of early this morning. These costs have been steadily declining since the nation experienced a peak average price in April at $3.94 per gallon, AAA Mid-Atlantic says. In addition, the national average has decreased by $0.19 per gallon, the Maryland state average has decreased by $0.26 per…