Don't let illegal fireworks be a dud to your 4th of July!
**New legislation details here**

OBEY ALL LAWS
Please obey your local and state laws regarding the sale and use of state approved fireworks. We plan to have every available officer on patrol this year.

USE COMMON SENSE Common sense is important when using fireworks. Read all warning labels and follow directions on each firework device and understand the product performance of each item. Think about what you do before you do it.

ADULTS ONLY NEVER LET CHILDREN HANDLE, PLAY WITH, OR LIGHT ANY FIREWORKS. ONLY ADULTS SHOULD HANDLE AND LIGHT THE FIREWORKS. The fireworks are great family fun, but they burn very hot and are intended to be handled only by adults.

JUST SAY NO Do not consume alcoholic beverages while lighting fireworks. If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you increase the possibility of misuse and injury to yourself and others near you.

HARD, FLAT, & LEVEL To insure stability of the firework, always light on a hard, flat, and level surface to prevent an item from tipping over. If lighting on a lawn, use a flat wooden board as a shooting surface, and never use fireworks near dry grass.

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE Use fireworks outdoors in a clear, open area away from buildings and vehicles. Avoid dry grass and brush that could catch fire or near any flammable items. Spectators, especially children, should remain a safe distance away from the shooting area, generally 25-40 feet. If windy conditions exist, fireworks should be lit with the prevailing wind blowing away from the audience.

HEADS UP Never put your head or any part of your body over a firework. Never look into a tube to inspect a firework. Never hold a lit firework in your hand.

LIGHTING The fireworks shooter should wear eye protection. Fireworks should be lit with long fireplace matches or an extended butane lighting device in order to keep the maximum distance from a firework. Fireworks should be lit only one at a time. Don't attempt to re-light a "dud." If a firework fails to ignite, let stand for at least 5 minutes, then immerse in water.

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE Make sure that you keep a bucket of water, a water hose, and/or a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies. Always be prepared to respond to a mishap.

HANDLE WITH CARE Fireworks should not be carried in your pocket. Don't aim or throw fireworks at another person. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

THINK ABOUT PETS The noise and lights of fireworks often frighten some animals, so it is very important that you are careful with pets and other animals. You may want to consider moving the animals away or keeping them inside during your display. Please be considerate of your pets and animals when using fireworks.