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Safety tips for the Fourth of July

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Fourth of July is a day law enforcement and first responders are on alert.

That's why they want to remind you of  safety tips before you hit the road, water or just plan to have a little explosive fun at home.

For those who are hitting the road Tpr. Albert Paxton of the state police wants you to keep the most important emergency tool handy.

"Check out your tires make sure your spare is full of air. I've seen people stuck on side of the road and they don't really think about it until they are there and their spare is flat," Paxton said.

Paxton says if you decide to drink to much this holiday, plan to have a designated driver or  be prepared to go to jail.

"The first thing that goes when you drink is your judgement and once you start drinking it's to late to make a plan then,"Paxton said.

For those of you who want to be cool and spend the fourth on the water there's a couple of rules you have to follow as well.

"It's going to be crowded probably boats parked besides boats. People just need to be very careful when maneuvering around in crowded situations to be sure nobody is swimming around the boats," Sgt. David Harrell of Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries said.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fishery agents will be on the water patrolling to make sure no one goes too far having fun with personal water crafts.

"They are made to cut up on make doughnuts have a good time, but they do need to stay away from each other. Because if they get to close and if one of our guys sees them, they are probably going to write them up for careless operation," Harrell said.

For those families who will have your personal fireworks show, fire officials want to give you real simple advice.

"When they are lighting up these fireworks never point them towards others. If it's a projectile type firework you don't want to point them towards others. Light them up get as far back as you can from them," Bronson Moss of the Monroe Fire Department said.


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