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Safety Tips Offered for Upcoming Independence Holiday

Safety Tips Offered for Upcoming Independence Holiday

With the upcoming Independence Day Holiday, right around the corner, fireworks will soon be offered to sale.  “We want to make sure everyone enjoys celebrating America’s Independence and does so in a safe manner,” stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

According to Sheriff Groves, some basic safety tips to follow include:

  • Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix.  It’s best to have a “designated shooter.”

  • Never experiment with homemade fireworks or alter those purchased from a vendor

  • Parents should closely monitor their children if / when they are lighting fireworks

  • Never give fireworks to small children

  • Always read and follow the instructions on the label

  • If a firework malfunctions, do not attempt to re-light it.

  • Bottle rockets and other skyrockets that are mounted on a stick are illegal

  • Never position any part of your body over fireworks when lighting them

  • Have a water source handy, in case of fire

“It’s also important to know the specific rules and ordinances in most of the cities in Cherokee County.  They may be slightly different from town to town so it’s best to call the city police department or city clerk’s office to find out if there are restrictions (such as locations or times) regarding the discharge of fireworks,” continued Sheriff Groves.

“It’s not uncommon, every year, for our office as well as local fire departments, to respond to firework related injuries or fires.  Please make sure this is a safe time of celebration by following basic safety guidelines,” concluded Sheriff Groves.


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