Celebrate the Holidays Responsibly

Pasco Sheriff’s Office is urging individuals to celebrate responsibly this holiday season. This includes not firing guns into the air, practicing proper firework safety and not driving distracted or impaired.

Celebratory gunfire endangers the health and safety of our community. Bullets fired into the air must eventually fall back down. However, where that bullet lands presents a danger to citizens. Falling bullets can still cause severe injury or even death. Factors such as wind also have the ability to carry a bullet into more populated areas away from the location at which the gun was originally fired, presenting an even greater danger to others. As such, PSO urges citizens to celebrate responsibly, and leave celebratory gunfire out of the equation. 

Celebratory gunfire

While fireworks can be fun, it’s imperative to ensure they’re used safely. If not handled properly, fireworks can cause injuries and damage. Always check that fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them. Have a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of a fire. Light fireworks one at a time outdoors away from flammable objects, vehicles, buildings and people. Once lit, back up quickly to a safe distance. Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Do not try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully. Soak all used fireworks in a bucket of water before disposing them in a trash can.


When you commit to driving, remember the responsibility you have. Not only are you in control of operating your vehicle, but your decisions may impact others on the road. Help everyone arrive at their destinations safely and focus on the road while driving. Always designate a sober driver before heading out and wear your seatbelt.

Consider other ways to celebrate the holidays. Try safe noise-making alternatives such as party horns, clapping noise makers and bells. To share some light or sparkle at celebrations, use glow sticks, confetti poppers, streamers and ballon drops. Attend a public display of fireworks, leaving the igniting and clean-up to the professionals.

Holidays can be filled with great memories when celebrated responsibly. Taking a few extra safety steps can help that. Stay safe, Pasco!

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