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As we are approaching Independence Day, all of us at the Izard County Sheriff's Office wish you and your family a safe and exciting holiday!  Independence Day, also known as the 4th of July, celebrates our independence as a nation on July 4, 1776. To learn more about the History of America's Independence Day, please visit the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). 

As you celebrate with friends and family, we would like to remind you to be safe and take precautions to ensure the safety of our community. It is important to remember that fireworks can pose a fire and safety hazard to those who use them.  

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has the following safety tips for fireworks: 

  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before purchasing or using them.  
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.  
  • Always read warning labels and performance descriptions before lighting a firework.  
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.  
  • Only light fireworks one at a time. 
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse and move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. 
  • Only use fireworks outdoors, away from buildings and vehicles, and never point/throw fireworks at anyone.  
  • After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device. 

For more information on firework safety, please visit the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 

We caution anyone traveling during the holiday to always wear your seat belt and never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Instead, plan for a designated driver to get you home safely. Not only do you risk your life when you drive impaired, but you also put the other drivers and passengers you share the roadway with at risk.  

We all hope you and your family have a great and safe Independence Day!  Sheriff Charley Melton 

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