06/23/2016

Sheriff's Office Offers Firework Safety Tips

Sheriff's Office Offers Firework Safety Tips

As we prepare to celebrate America’s Independence, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office wants to encourage everyone to celebrate safely.  Sheriff David Groves reminds everyone:

  • 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

In addition, remember 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.  Anyone with questions about what days, hours or other restrictions regarding the discharge of firearms within a city, are encouraged to contact their local police department.

“Every year there are several fires and injuries related to fireworks.  Our office wants to make sure everyone is able to have a good time and celebrate safely and without any tragedy,” concluded Sheriff Groves.

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