The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging citizens to enjoy public displays instead of using illegal fireworks as they celebrate the Fourth of July.

In Florida, fireworks that leave the ground or explode are dangerous, unpredictable and illegal. Deputies will strictly enforce the laws by confiscating illegal fireworks. However, repeat offenders could be issued citations that curry up to a $1,000 fine or face arrest.

Residents and visitors should know that the only legal fireworks are sparklers and other novelties that stay on the ground and do not explode, such as glow worms, snappers and smoke devices. Parental supervision is recommended when any of these are in the hands of children.

In addition to fireworks safety, celebrants are reminded to not get behind the wheel – or take the helm of a boat – if they’ve had too much to drink.

For motorists, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing is sponsoring the AAA Tow to Go program July 4-7. The program provides free towing service and a ride home to prevent drunk driving. Drivers who want to use this program can call 800-AAA-HELP (800-222-4357).