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Safety Experts Say Don't Get Lax With Fireworks

JACKSON COUNTY (WLOX) -- If you're planning to shoot off fireworks this Fourth of July,  don't let careless behavior ruin your Independence day fun. Safety experts point out, some of the main reasons some people don't take the precautions they should.

Brad Darr says he has a pretty simple strategy when it come to fireworks safety. Light it and get back.

"Use the punks when you're lighting the fireworks. Things of that nature," said Darr. "Just common sense stuff you should use all the time."

For first time customers, the staff at Coast Fireworks Inc. on Highway 609 often offers advice like read the labels, avoid having trees or power lines overhead, and don't allow children to use fireworks without adult supervision. Workers say even veterans fireworks users sometimes become lax about safety.

Shannon Cooper is the owner of Coast Fireworks.

"We know some individuals that have been doing it all their life. It's second nature to them and I think with anything you're getting a little to comfortable with. I think you let your guard down at times and things can happen when that occurs."

Cooper says people who choose to celebrate this Fourth of July need to keep in mind that fireworks and alcohol can be a dangerous mix.

"Alcohol doesn't mix with a lot of things like driving and boating," said Cooper. "It also really doesn't mix with fireworks. That's another thing that causes people to get really careless and they do silly things that they would not normally do if they were not drinking. "

If in doubt about how to use a product, the staff says don't be afraid to ask for help.

"Have you ever done this before? We'll ask them. If they haven't, we'll open it and we'll show them so they'll feel comfortable when they leave. Because it's not a good fourth of July if you get hurt," said Cooper.

Click here for a list of places to watch fireworks this holiday weekend. The first show takes place at the Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County, Thursday at 9 p.m. 

By Danielle Thomas

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