06/23/2015

Firework Safety Tips

With Independence Day right around the corner, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office wants to offer the following fireworks safety tips so that everyone can celebrate in a safe and responsible manner:

  • Bottle rockets and other skyrockets that are mounted on a stick are illegal
  • Never experiment with homemade fireworks
  • Never attempt to re-light malfunctioning fireworks
  • Never position any part of your body over fireworks when lighting them
  • Adults should always supervise firework use by children
  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Always read and follow label instructions
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Have a “designated shooter.”
  • Have a water source handy, in case of fire
  • It is illegal to shoot fireworks on or under a vehicle, on any public roadway, within 50 feet of a firework stand or where fireworks are stored, and gas stations or any place liquid gas – including propane- is stored.
  • Many cities have other rules and regulations regarding the discharge of fireworks.  Check with your local police department or city hall if you have questions about when or where fireworks can be discharged.

Each year there are numerous injuries and accidental fires due to the irresponsible discharging of fireworks.  By having guidelines in place, and following them, we can have an enjoyable celebration without any tragic incidents.

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