NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Osborne) -- Remember a few common sense tips and regulations to keep your family Fourth from going up in smoke.
Tennessee officials note that between 2014 and 2018 fireworks caused 419 unintended fires statewide, resulting in more than a million dollars in damages.
Bailey Scott with the State Fire Marshal’s Office strongly recommends you leave the fireworks displays to the professionals. But she says if you do buy and use fireworks, keep a few safety tips in mind.
“Never let children hand them or ignite them, read all warnings and instructions that come with the fireworks, never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned the first time, only light them outdoors on a smooth flat surface, and to keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby.”
Bailey says also keep in mind that just because you can buy fireworks in your community, doesn’t mean you’re legally allowed to use them.
“The local municipalities do have restrictions on fireworks usage and buying fireworks. So you need to check with your local police department or fire department to see what the rules and regulations are.”
And one final note: Be sure you consider household pets when make you’re plans for the fourth. Most four legged friends don’t find fireworks as enjoyable as you do.
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