Not that there aren’t a plethora of opportunities to view fireworks in the High Country … but we know about family traditions, and home fireworks are a large part of that during this time of the year.
So, with this spirit in mind — and the fact that eight people died and more than 12,000 were injured in July 4 fireworks accidents from a study conducted in 2017 alone — we offer a few reminders from the National Safety Council for your DIY family extravaganza.
And note well, while some of these tips are fairly obvious, it’s important to remember that they’re all listed here because someone, at sometime, did just the opposite.
1. The first thing to remember is that if it leaves the ground, it’s not a legal firework in North Carolina. Firecrackers are also in the “not allowed” category.
2. Fireworks handling isn’t for everyone. Young children should stand clear. Older children should have close adult supervision.
3. Wear protective eyewear if you’re the one lighting the fuse.
4. Never light fireworks indoors.
5. Never hold fireworks in your hands.
6. Use fireworks away from people, houses and flammable materials.
7. Don’t point a firework at anyone.
8. Don’t try to relight a “dud” firework.
9. Soak spent and unused fireworks for several hours before disposal.
10. Keep a bucket of water or garden hose close at hand.