While enjoy the indepedence holiday please leave the professional displays of fireworks to the professionals. Fireworks that leave the ground or explode are not legal to use at your residence per state regulation. Legal fireworks include caps, glow worms, smoke devices, party or string poppers, snappers or poppers and sparklers under NCGS 14-414.
Jacksonville Fire & Emergency Services provides these tips to help keep you and your family safe this holiday.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
- Please do not allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
- Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.