Buncombe County -- July 2, 2024: Buncombe County Sheriff's Office: As we gear up for Independence Day, it's important

to keep safety in mind, especially when it comes to fireworks. The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office wants to ensure everyone has a fantastic and safe Fourth of July celebration. Here are some friendly reminders to provide a fun and injury-free holiday:

1. Check local laws to ensure fireworks are allowed in your area.
2. If a firework doesn't go off, don't try to relight it. Instead, soak it in water and discard it.
3. Find a clear, open space away from buildings, trees, and cars to light fireworks.
4. Always stand back after lighting a firework to a safe distance.
5. Protect your eyes by wearing safety glasses when lighting fireworks.
6. Keep a water source like a hose or bucket nearby in case of accidents.
7. After using fireworks, soak them in water before throwing them away to prevent a fire.
8. For safety, never allow children to handle fireworks, including sparklers, which can get extremely hot.
9. Avoid using fireworks if you've been drinking or using drugs.
10. Most importantly, have a blast and enjoy the celebrations responsibly!
We hope these tips help you have a fantastic and safe Independence Day! Remember, the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office is here to support you and ensure everyone has a great time while staying secure.

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