GREER, S.C. (WSPA) – Celebrations have begun early in the Upstate, with lots of fireworks lighting up the skies for this year’s 4th of July.
Cities hold several big Independence day celebrations throughout the Upstate for families to enjoy the holiday safely, by leaving the fireworks to the professionals.
For those that are celebrating at home, firefighters have a few reminders for safety this year.
According the National Council on Firework Safety, thousands of people are sent to the hospital every year with injuries from firework use. They also say, there is twice the number of house fires on July 4th than any other day of the year.
That’s why firefighters say when you are lighting up this holiday, you should keep a water hose nearby and to fire them away from buildings and other people.
Experts at Big Zack’s Fireworks in the Upstate also warn you to read all directions and warnings because they vary with each firework.
“Like with mortars, you want the launcher to not be on the grass where it could tip over,” said Luis Sisson with Big Zack’s Fireworks. “You want safety. Some people tape it down and I recommend that or maybe put a couple of bricks around them. You want to be safe and where they don’t tip over, because they are dangerous.”
Luis also advises you should steer clear of altering or building fireworks on your own. He says the large variety of fireworks in his store are designed for safety.
Firefighters also say building your own fireworks are dangerous and illegal.
For more information on firework safety from the National Council on Firework Safety, click HERE.