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​Follow these Fireworks Tips for a Safe 4th of July


FireworksThe Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal's Office wants you, your family and friends to have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday. Fireworks cause thousands of burn and eye injuries each year. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to more than 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year. You can enjoy fireworks safely if you follow these simple tips:

  • Attend public firework displays, and leave it to the professionals.
  • Buy only legal fireworks. Aerial fireworks are illegal in North Carolina.
  • Never try to make your own fireworks.
  • Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Never point fireworks at someone.
  • Don't hold fireworks in your hand or carry them in your pockets.
  • Wear eye protection while handling fireworks.
  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances.
  • Light one firework at a time and never relight a dud.
  • Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.
  • Only let kids use sparklers under direct adult supervision. Make sure they are only used outside and pointed away from the face, clothing and hair.


If injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don't touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage. Also, do not flush the eye out with water or attempt to put any ointment on it. If it's a burn, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool (not cold) water over the burn. Do not use ice. Seek immediate medical attention.

If you have any questions please contact our office directly at 704-336-3761, and in an emergency, call 911.