Be Smart Around Fireworks

This Saturday is Independence Day, and while a number of annual events have been canceled, several are still on, including fireworks in Burnsville,  Newland, Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain. Bakersville will have their fireworks on Friday night July 3rd. These reminders if you are around any kind of fireworks;

Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Never stand directly over fireworks when lighting.

Never light fireworks indoors.

Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.

Always stand several feet away from a lit firework.

Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks.

Always keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy in case of fire.

 

Also if you choose to use your own fireworks, only use fireworks that are sold legally in North Carolina. Fireworks that explode or are projected into the air, firecrackers, rockets, roman candles and aerial fireworks are all illegal in this state. Consumer fireworks may only be used legally on July 3rd and 4th between noon and 11 PM, and may only be used on private property with the consent of the owner.

And remember if you are out in public to see the fireworks either wear a mask or keep yourself at least six feet away from people that are not with your group.