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Those who decide to use fireworks should adhere to the following precautions:

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Clothing

 

  • Do not wear loose clothing, which may contact the fireworks. To prevent accidental burns, wear long sleeves and pants if you are lighting fireworks.
  • Always wear appropriate eye protection.

Location

  • Store unused fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Ignite fireworks outside and away from the house, garage or any other structure.
  • Set off fireworks on a hard, flat surface in an open area.  Never ignite fireworks on a dry grassy area.
  • Never ignite fireworks inside any container, glass bottle or metal cylinders.
  • Always keep a safe distance.
    • Never experiment with fireworks, especially around vehicles that may contain residual flammable liquids i.e. gasoline
    • Never try to re-light fireworks that malfunction.
    • If a firework does not go off, stay away.  Do NOT get close to check it.
    • Keep a bucket of water or hose handy, just in case.
    • Light fireworks one at a time.  Leave the professional show to the professionals.
    • Never light fireworks if you’ve been consuming alcohol or drugs.
  • The City’s fireworks ordinance and state law emphasizes the restrictions involving the possession and sale and use of fireworks.  The ordinance prohibits the sale of any type of fireworks to anyone under 18 years of age.With the exception of the following holidays (New Law Changes) Michigan Fireworks Safety ACT PA 256, Section 7 (1, 2)

    (a) December 31 until 1 a.m. on January 1.

    (b) The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

    (c) June 29 to July 4 until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

    (d) July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday, until 11:45 p.m.