We at the Navarro County Sheriff's Office wish you and your family a safe 4th of July holiday weekend.

The 4th of July holiday is a celebration of our becoming independent as a country on July 4, 1776.

Before you celebrate with an at-home fireworks display, please make sure you practice safety.

Remember that fireworks can pose a fire and safety hazard to those who use them. Use caution when shooting fireworks, and be sure to follow these recommended safety tips from FireworksSafety.org:

- Read cautionary labels and performance descriptions before lighting a firework
- Never give fireworks to children
- Wear safety glasses when shooting
- Use the fireworks outdoors, away
from buildings and vehicles
- Dispose of fireworks safely (wet them
down and place them in a metal trash
can until the next day)

For anyone who is traveling this 4th of July weekend, remember to always wear your seat belt and never drink and drive. Instead, please call a designated driver to get you home safely. Not only do you risk your life when you drive impaired, you are putting the other drivers you share the roadway with at risk as well.

Again be safe, remember why we celebrate this holiday and as always God Bless and God Bless these United States of America.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner

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