Making safety first on the 4th

While pyrotechnics may make for crowd-pleasing displays, it's worth remembering they can be deadly explosives if not handled correctly.

In addition to fireworks, drunk driving accidents are a problem during the Fourth of July, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

"If you are lighting a bunch of fireworks in a series, it is best to light one, step back and then light the next one".

In a statement made to the press on Thursday, State Fire Marshall Mike Causey warned N.C. natives of using fireworks heading into the holiday.

"Be careful using fireworks around farms, around small children and importantly, even combat veterans returning home", Wyman said.

"Soon as we light them up, we just run", Daniels said. In previous years the use of illegal fireworks has resulted in 15 to 20 citations being issued over the holiday period. The citizens of McDowell County generally heed fireworks safety rules, and we are grateful for that. Before wowing friends and family with fireworks, consumers should find out what fireworks can be legally purchased and when they can be set off. "These injuries range from minor to life-changing, which could ultimately affect the rest of someone's life".

· Before using any fireworks, read and follow all warnings and instructions printed on the label. Fireworks have always been a part of Chinese culture and were used to accompany many festivities. "Every year we get people that get burned, that get hurt. the alcohol don't mix *siren* with fireworks", said Russell. Light each firework one at a time.

Other communities will offer fireworks on July 3 and 4. They also advise having water or a fire extinguisher ready, and to never relight a "dud". There were also at least 11 non-occupational fireworks-related deaths that year, nine of which were related to reloadable aerial devices and the other two with making homemade fireworks. Lastly, after fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding.

Dave Rossiter
It's on the books we have to enforce it' says P.E.I. Fire Marshal Dave Rossiter of a law prohibiting fireworks

Chief David Ortolano of the Dunkirk Police Department issued a recent statement, saying new laws enacted in recent years now carry more severe punishment for the possession, furnishing and sale of unsafe fireworks.

While firecrackers are created to be noisy, they do still explode on the ground.

Pets can be very sensitive to the loud sounds of fireworks.

Quakertown Community Day will have live entertainment, a pancake breakfast, a auto show, food booths, games and fireworks on Tuesday from 8 9 Quakertown Memorial Park.

Officials say that if you are going to shoot off fireworks for the holiday they say do it in a safe area and keep kids far away.

For more information, visit or Fireworks Safety from NFPA.

According to the CPSC, fireworks are to blame for causing 11,000 injuries nationwide a year ago.

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