As the days get longer and the temperatures increase, the East Lansing Fire Department (ELFD) Fire Prevention Division's attention turns to the Fourth 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 9,600 emergency room visits for firework-related injuries in 2011.
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
Please keep the City of East Lansing's fireworks ordinance in mind if you plan to use fireworks in East Lansing. The City’s fireworks ordinance permits fireworks to be used:
From 11 a.m. on New Year’s Eve to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
The Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day and Memorial Day from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. each day (none on the day itself).
For the Fourth of July, fireworks will be permitted from June 29 to July 4 from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. each day and then on July 5 if it falls on the weekend (Fridays and Saturdays only).