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Public urged to exercise caution on 4th of July

ANDERSON CO., June 28, 2013--People are busy stocking up on food, refreshments, and fireworks in preparation for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor warns citizens to use extreme caution during the holiday weekend.

Although fireworks can be fun, they can also be extremely dangerous. Sheriff Taylor says although a burn ban is not currently in effect for Anderson County, the County is on the verge of one because of the dry conditions. He urges parents to pay close attention to their children’s use of fireworks, making sure they are used in a safe location. “Just use extreme caution,” said Sheriff Taylor. “You could easily start a really large fire right now because conditions are so dry.”

Sheriff Taylor also reminds citizens that fireworks are illegal within the city limits.

In addition, law enforcement will be out in force on roadways and lakes looking for alcohol-related violations. “People need to know if they drink and drive, they’re subject to go to jail and face a stiff penalty,” said Sheriff Taylor.

He also urges boaters to understand and follow applicable laws, including requirements concerning lifejackets and fire suppression equipment. 

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