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  • Sheriff Mark Buchanan


The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (2022) found in their annual report a

significant increase in fireworks-related injuries in recent years. Between 2006 and 2021,

injuries caused by fireworks increased by 25%. Clay County Sheriff Mark Buchanan urges

families to stay safe during their holiday celebrations by following these safety tips:

1. Never allow children to play with or light fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at

temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby while lighting fireworks in case of an


3. Never use fireworks while using or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

4. When your fireworks have finished burning, soak them with water before throwing them out to

avoid a trash fire.

5. If your fireworks malfunction or do not go off, do not attempt to handle or relight them. Soak

them with water and throw them away.

6. Familiarize yourself with your area’s rules and regulations on fireworks. Ensure the fireworks

you are using are not restricted or prohibited.

7. Never point or throw fireworks at anyone, including sparklers.

8. Light fireworks one at a time and move back as quickly as you can.

9. Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting. Keep a safe


10. Remember to have fun!

Knowing the risks of using fireworks and keeping in mind these safe handling tips can ensure

you and your family have a fun and safe Independence Day.

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