4th of July celebrations include fireworks displays throughout Marquette County and privately, we, as holiday observers; love to purchase fireworks for ourselves and light out our own personal displays at camp or home.
Now that the laws have changed in the State of Michigan concerning what we now can purchase legally, residents won’t have to, uh-hum, go elsewhere to purchase what we used to refer to as “the good ones”.
So, as a reminder to all who will be lighting off or be around those that light off their own fireworks, heed these safety tips from the National Council of Fire Works Safety this holiday season:
• Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
• Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
• Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
• Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
• Know your fireworks. Read the caution label before igniting.
• Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
• Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
• Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
• Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
• Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you!
• Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department
Remember, there are is always someone observing how you conduct yourself with regard how safely you conduct yourself – especially young people…set a good example!!! Enjoy a great 4th of July celebration with friends and family!!!!