More U.S. fires are reported on the 4th of July than any other day. Every year, thousands of people are treated in Emergency Rooms for firework related injuries. In 2015, 11 people were killed using fireworks over the holiday and almost 12,000 were treated for injuries. The safest way to celebrate is attend a public firework show.
You can fire your legal, store-bought fireworks on federal holidays including the 4th of July – and the day before and the day after that holiday. You cannot set off fireworks in parks, parking lots, or on public property. You must be 18 years or older to buy and use fireworks and you can’t be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
If you must ignite fireworks, here are some tips:
Never allow children to use fireworks.
Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
Follow label warnings and use common sense.
Hamtramck houses are very close to one another, avoid using fireworks nearby.
Have water ready – either a large bucket or a hose.
Light one firework at a at time.
Never relight a firework!
Properly dispose of spent fireworks – soak them in water.