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.

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Susan W. Lloyd