CPD: Safety tips for Fourth of July

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - MARIYA LEWTER mlewter@cov­news.com

In­de­pen­dence Day is fi­nally here, and Newton County is ready to cel­e­brate.

This year’s In­de­pen­dence Day fes­tiv­i­ties are ex­pected to be big­ger and bet­ter than last year. In Cov­ing­ton, $30,000 worth of fire­works are ex­pected to hit the sky and at least 8,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to make their way to the Square, ac­cord­ing to Of­fi­cer Al­lan See­baran of the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment (CPD).

“The City of Cov­ing­ton puts on this event each year on the Fourth for our com­mu­nity so that ev­ery­one can en­joy the hol­i­day,” See­baran said.

For the safety and en­joy­ment of ev­ery­one, the CDP pro­vided a few tips and rules for those en­joy­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties. First, no golf carts or per­sonal grills are al­lowed in­side the bar­ri­cades of the Square. This is to en­sure safety of ev­ery­one gath­er­ing in the area, as not much space will be avail­able given the large amounts of ex­pected peo­ple.

See­baran also em­pha­sized that ev­ery­one should be mind­ful of the weather.

“With it be­ing sum­mer­time, the heat is a

fac­tor and should be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion when com­ing to the Square,” he said. It is es­sen­tial ev­ery­one re­main suf­fi­ciently hy­drated and eat when­ever they can.

There is also a chance of rain or a thun­der­storm with light­ning. CPD urges that ev­ery­one have a plan to seek shel­ter for their fam­ily should a storm or rain come. Also be mind­ful that there is lim­ited shel­ter on the square.

“From the City of Cov­ing­ton and the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment,” said Of­fi­cer See­baran, “we wish ev­ery­one a safe and en­joy­able hol­i­day.”

The city of Por­terdale will also host fes­tiv­i­ties on the Fourth, and they have a few guide­lines of their own. Ac­cord­ing to Mayor Ar­line Chap­man, a new or­di­nance cov­er­ing the down­town busi­ness dis­trict, from the gym­na­sium to the bridge along Main Street, al­lows open con­tain­ers puchased from nearby restau­rants dur­ing the Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tion and pic­nic. A wrist­band or spe­cial-col­ored cup is used to show the holder pur­chased the bev­er­age at ap­proved re­tailer.

“We’ll have plenty of po­lice,” said Chief Ja­son Cripps. “We’re launch­ing our new bike pa­trol and launch­ing a new uni­form for of­fi­cers. We’ll be here; we’ll have golf carts.”

There will be food ven­dors dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion, and be­cause the crowds are ex­pected to be smaller than in Cov­ing­ton, visi­tors will be able to see the fire­works any­where down­town.

“Come and en­joy your­self,” said Cripps.

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