MANY, La – With school ending next week comes the rush of children ready to enjoy summer. While playing outdoors is one of the great joys for kids in the summer months, it can also pose a dangerous threat. Children too often find airtight containers to get into for an innocent game of hide and seek, not knowing the risk of suffocation and entrapment that the containers pose.
With this time of year, and risk of danger, fast approaching, the Many Police Department released the following public service announcement to spread awareness and hopefully prevent a tragedy.
Public Safety Announcement:
Summer is upon us, and children will soon take to the streets and yards in search of adventure.
This is a reminder that all airtight containers such as ice boxes and refrigerators should be properly discarded. Such items may be taken to a recycling center of your choice, or to the Sabine Parish Landfill.
For legal guidance of such items in the yard, read the following:
Sec 9-165: Abandoning or discarding ice boxes or other airtight containers.
It shall be unlawful for any person to leave outside of any building or dwelling in a place accessible to children, any abandoned, unattended or discarded ice box, refrigerator, or any other container of any kind which has an airtight door or which may not be released for opening from the inside of the ice box, refrigerator, or container. It shall further be unlawful for any person to leave outside of any building or dwelling in a place accessible to children any abandoned, unattended or discarded icebox, refrigerator, or any other container of any kind which is airtight and has a snap lock or other device thereon without first removing the snap lock or door from icebox, refrigerators or containers.