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Tips For A Safe July 4th Weekend

With the July 4th weekend approaching, I ask all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday happy, enjoyable and safe for everyone. 

Transylvania County citizens should remember that fireworks, as enjoyable as they are to watch, can be dangerous and should only be handled by professionals.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, there are nearly 9,000 emergency room-treated injuries associated with fireworks a year. You can enjoy a safe Fourth of July by following these safety tips:

 Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging. 
 Keep a supply of water close-by as a precaution. 
 Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection. 
 Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud." 
 Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets. 
 Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. 
 Stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays. 
 Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.