St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper encourages all residents to celebrate safely during the Independence Day weekend.
“We appreciate our citizens’ desire to celebrate the independence and freedoms that we all enjoy,” said President Cooper. “We also ask that our residents practice safety when spending time on the water, watching fireworks displays and through all other Independence Day celebrations.”
St. Tammany Parish Government urges neighbors to attend public fireworks displays, which are created by professionals. If you choose to use fireworks, please follow these few tips:
- • Only allow adults to handle fireworks.
- • Read labels and follow directions.
- • Never aim or throw fireworks at other people.
- • Only light fireworks away from homes.
- • Wet rooftops and other dry areas near your home.
The St. Tammany Parish Council passed a resolution, authored by District 10 Councilwoman Maureen O’Brien, promoting fireworks safety, in addition to encouraging citizens to be courteous to neighbors and pets.
While fireworks can be a great source of enjoyment, they can also be distressing to pets and those living with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders. The resolution, which was passed unanimously, asks residents to be respectful of the time, place and manner that fireworks are used.
For an Independence Day message from Parish President Mike Cooper, please click here.