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Posted on: July 2, 2019

Fireworks: Be Safe and Not Sorry

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Lighting off fireworks more than 48 hours before or after a national holiday is a ticketed offense in the City of Taylor. State of Michigan law enables fireworks after 11 a.m., and not after 11:45 p.m. during properly designated time periods.

Temper your fun activities with reality: Your party-goers may not have to work in the morning, but your neighbor may have to get up early. You may not mind the noise, but it may be torturing the dog next door, or the veteran who lives down the street. During the fireworks’ season, common sense goes a long way.

In addition, don’t turn the Fourth of July weekend into a hospital visit. Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. Two hundred and forty people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the holiday.

Always Remember:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
  • If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

Be Extra Careful with Sparklers

  • Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities and closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.

Take Necessary Precautions

  • Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
  • Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances

 Be Prepared for an Accident or Injury

  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
  • If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don't allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.

Enjoy yourself. Don’t become a statistic.

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