If you’re planning on setting off fireworks this 4th of July make sure you are taking all the necessary precautions. Fireworks while gorgeous can be extremely dangerous and you want to enjoy the holiday not spend it in the emergency room. Make sure to read up on these fireworks safety tips before you decide to set any off this weekend.
Fireworks Safety Tips
Older children should only use any type of fireworks including sparklers, under constant adult supervision.
I know you want to drink on July 4th, but if you do don't also set off fireworks. You're asking for trouble.
If for some reason so fireworks don't go off or would happen to catch fire make sure you have a bucket of water close by. You want to be able to quickly extinguish any flames. Better safe than sorry!
If your fireworks don't go off for any reason do not try to relight them. Make sure to extinguish any flame and discard of them safely.
Only light them on the ground and immediately back away to a safe distance.
Anyone who is handling fireworks or close by should wear protective eyewear to avoid serious injury.
Soak any used fireworks, whether they fully ignited or not, in water for at least a couple hours before discarding them.
Only light one firework at a time so you can have eyes on it at all time.
In North Carolina it is only legal to use fireworks that do not spin or explode. This includes sparklers, snakes, glowworms, and others. Roman candles, aerial fireworks, bottle rockets, etc are illegal. In South Carolina it's legal to purchase most fireworks above the age of 16. Fireworks "containing pyrotechnic composition in excess of two grains, designed to produce a loud and piercing effect" are illegal per SC law.
Keep all fireworks pointed away from people as well as animals or buildings.
There are plenty of places around Charlotte to watch fireworks. Leave it to the professionals and all you have to do is enjoy!
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