Commissioner Jones reminds residents that “there are no safe fireworks“
Fireworks can be fun to enjoy this time of year; however, they can be extremely dangerous if used improperly. Tragically, in the last two years, two adults from metro Detroit suffered fatal injuries related to fireworks. To help Detroiters enjoy a fun and safe 4th of July celebration, the Detroit Fire Department is sharing important information about fireworks safety. Fire Commissioner Eric Jones also reminds parents that it is illegal for children and teens under 18 to possess fireworks in Detroit, according to Detroit’s fireworks ordinance.
Commissioner Jones stresses that fireworks can be very dangerous in the hands of a child. He added that the number of reported fireworks-related burns typically increases during the summer months because safety precautions are disregarded. Children have suffered such horrific injuries as second- and third-degree burns and the loss of fingers and even entire hands due to fireworks accidents in recent years.
Commissioner Jones recommends that all residents refrain from any use of fireworks. However, if residents use fireworks, the Commissioner urges parental supervision when children are using legal fireworks such as sparklers, caps, smoke bombs and toy “snakes” not containing mercury.
Those who decide to use fireworks should adhere to the following precautions:
- Make certain an adult is present whenever fireworks are used.
- Always read and follow instructions on fireworks packaging.
- Don’t give any type of firecracker or sparkler to young children.
- Ignite fireworks outside and away from the house, garage or any area with dry brush or rubbish.
- Don’t ignite fireworks inside any container, glass bottle or metal cylinders.
- Never experiment with fireworks, especially around vehicles that may contain residual flammable liquids i.e. gasoline
- Light fireworks one at a time.
- Never hold a firework in your hand while lighting it.
- Always keep a safe distance.
- Never try to re-light fireworks that malfunction.
- Store unused fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Keep a bucket of water handy.
The City’s fireworks ordinance emphasizes the restrictions involving the possession and sale of fireworks, Commissioner Jones said. The ordinance prohibits the sale of any type of fireworks to anyone under 18 years of age and mandates that anyone wishing to sell legal fireworks must first obtain a license from the City.
For more information about fireworks safety, please visit www.detroitmi.gov/safe-fireworks