One of busiest times on Weiss Lake is the Fourth of July Holiday. While you are enjoying your grilling, family time, and fireworks, Cherokee County EMA Director Shawn Rogers and Staff want to remind you to have a great time but be safe, especially with fireworks.
Responsible for two out of five fires and hundreds of injuries across the state each Fourth of July, fireworks can be dangerous, even deadly, if not handled with care.
Below are 10 fireworks safety tips you should use.
- Fireworks packaged in brown paper are made for professional displays – avoid buying.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities, especially with sparklers.
- Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire and to douse used fireworks before discarding in trash.
- Never allow young children to play or ignite fireworks.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- Never try to re-light or pickup fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never place a part of your body directly over a firework device when lighting.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
Also, be careful when out on the lake this Fourth of July.
- Obey all boating laws.
- Make sure everyone buckles up/wears life vests.
- Restrict access and closely monitor teens to prevent underage consumption of alcohol.
- NEVER drive or operate a boat when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. (Choose a designated driver before the fun begins!)
- Avoid such distractions as texting and talking on cell phones, and focus on driving or boating.
- Pay attention to the weather conditions, especially when there is thunder and lightning on the water.