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Commissioner Causey urges fireworks and grilling safety this July 4th

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is urging North Carolinians to stay safe this Independence Day by leaving fireworks to the professionals and by practicing safe techniques around the grills.

Fireworks and grilling are traditional parts of America’s Fourth of July celebration, but if not handled properly, both could end with a trip to the hospital or have the potential to cause damage.

Leave it to the professionals: State Fire Marshal Mike Causey urges 4th of July safety

In recognition of Fireworks Safety Awareness Week (June 28-July 4), Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey urges North Carolinians to stay safe when celebrating Independence Day by avoiding the use of fireworks. Fireworks are a traditional part of America’s 4th of July celebration, but if not handled properly, celebrations could end with a trip to the hospital.

Celebrate safely this 4th of July: State Fire Marshal Mike Causey urges residents to attend public fireworks shows

The 4th of July is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. However, this year, many Independence Day celebrations could look differently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of the coronavirus situation, many professional fireworks display shows have been canceled -- but that does not mean people should have your own backyard fireworks show.

If fireworks are not handled properly, celebrations could end with a trip to the hospital.

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