Fireworks safety urged
Firefighters throughout Cherokee County are urging residents to use their safety precautions when setting off fireworks this year.
Inside the city limits, fireworks can only be used in the summer on July 4 – no other days preceding or following the holiday.
Tahlequah Fire Department Assistant Chief Ted Kupsick said it appears the weather will be more cooperative this Independence Day than in recent summers, when a lack of rain and extreme temperatures left the area scorched.
“Have some water available in case you have a little grass fire,” said Kupsick. “A fire extinguisher will work, but water will probably work better. And don’t set off fireworks around other flammable materials.”
Children should always be supervised when using fireworks, Kupsick said. Directions on the package should always be followed, and fireworks should never be held in a person’s hand.