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July 4th Safety
Friday, June 29, 2018

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) and the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) urge residents and businesses to keep their July 4th celebrations safe this week and throughout the year.

In Howard County, the sale, possession, and residential use of ground-based sparklers is prohibited. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $1,000. Party poppers, ignitable “snakes” and “snap ’n’ pops”, and handheld sparklers are legal, but can be dangerous. Residents should note that handheld sparkers can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit which can cause significant injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Those who do purchase legal fireworks (handheld sparklers, party poppers, ignitable snakes, and snap and pops) should follow these safety tips from the CPSC:

• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
• Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned.
• Adults should always supervise fireworks activities and never let children handle fireworks.
• Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.

Please stay safe and leave fireworks to the professionals this 4th of July. For more information about Howard County fireworks and events:

Uniformed and plainclothes police officers will be attending the county event to ensure crowd safety.

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