As the days get longer and the temperatures increase, the East Lansing Fire Department (ELFD) Fire Prevention Division's attention turns to the 4th of July. Unfortunately, injuries from illegal or dangerous fireworks can turn the celebration into a tragedy. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there were 7,000 emergency room visits for fireworks related injuries in 1998.
Fireworks Safety Tips
The ELFD offers the following safety tips:
Always have adult supervision
Always have water (a hose and a bucket) nearby
Buy from reliable sources
Dispose of fireworks, especially sparklers, by soaking in water before placing them in a trash can
Don't mix alcohol and fireworks
Light one firework at a time
Make sure the area is clear of combustibles
Never re-light a dud (wait 15-20 minutes and put it in the bucket)
Never throw or point fireworks at other people
Use outdoors only
Fireworks Ordinance (updated July 2013)
Ordinance 1303: It is illegal to discharge consumer fireworks between the hours of 1-8 a.m. on the day before, the day of and the day after a national holiday. In addition, no person shall ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks except on the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a national holiday during permitted hours. Learn more about the fireworks ordinance (PDF) online.