Safety Tips for Personal Fireworks Use
Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – As the Fourth of July holiday draws closer, the Michigan State Police (MSP) Negaunee Post is reminding citizens to take extra safety precautions when handling fireworks. This year, due to a change in Michigan law, consumers can now legally buy more powerful fireworks including firecrackers, bottle rockets, sky lanterns, and Roman Candles.
The sale and use of consumer fireworks became legal January 1st, 2012, when Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, Public Act 256 of 2011, went into effect. Low impact fireworks and ground-based items, such as sparklers, toy snakes, snaps, and poppers remain legal for sale and use.
“Fireworks pose a serious fire & burn hazard because they are unpredictable,” stated F/Lt. Robert Pernaski, Negaunee Post Commander, “Even supervised use of fireworks can result in devastating injuries. If you choose to use fireworks at home, we recommend you follow some simple safety precautions:
- Read and follow all warnings & instructions.
- Never allow children to play with fireworks of any kind.
- Only use fireworks outdoors
- Wear protective clothing, including eyewear
- Only light devices on smooth, flat surfaces away from residential areas, dry leaves, and other flammable materials.
- Always keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of malfunction.
- Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
To learn more about fireworks safety, the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, or state-certified fireworks retailers, visit the Bureau of Fire Services website at www.michigan.gov/bfs