Fire department warns of danger from fireworks, urges safety measures
DETROIT (WXYZ) – The Detroit Fire Department is warning residents of the dangers of fireworks ahead of the July 4 holiday weekend.
In order to hold a celebration safely, the fire department shares important precautions you can take if you intend to use fireworks.
The department invites you to follow these security measures:
- Make sure an adult is present whenever fireworks are used.
- Always read and follow the instructions on the fireworks packaging.
- Do not give any type of firecracker or spark to young children (sparks cause nearly half of the injuries from fireworks that send people to hospital each year).
- Light fireworks outdoors and away from the house, garage or any area with dry brush or trash.
- Do not ignite fireworks inside a container, glass bottle or metal cylinder.
- Never experience fireworks, especially around vehicles that may contain residual flammable liquids, e.g. gasoline
- Light the fireworks one by one.
- Never hold a firework in your hand when lighting it.
- Always keep a safe distance.
- Never attempt to relight malfunctioning fireworks.
- Store unused fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Keep a bucket of water handy.
In recent years, two adults in Metro Detroit have been killed using fireworks.
For more information on fireworks safety, visit https://detroitmi.gov/departments/detroit-fire-department/fire-marshal-division/safe-fireworks