As Independence Day approaches, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services is urging residents to use caution to avoid fires and injuries when using fireworks.

Each year in the U.S., around 11,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks display.

In 2015, the sale and use of most consumer types of fireworks, which include firecrackers, skyrockets and Roman candles, became legal to use in Georgia. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 200 fireworks injuries a day during the month surrounding the Fourth of July holiday.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services officers the following fireworks safety suggestions:

♦ Buy fireworks from a licensed dealer.

♦ Obey all laws regarding fireworks use.

♦ Read the labels carefully before lighting any fireworks.

♦ Ensure that an adult supervises all fireworks use.

♦ Never allow children to light fireworks.

♦ Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

♦ Light only one firework at a time.

♦ Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles.

♦ Never try to relight a firework.

♦ Have a garden hose or bucket of water nearby.

♦ Use caution with animals. Excitement, noise and lights can cause fear and stress.

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