Celebrate a Safe 4th of July

Steer clear of illegal fireworks, Farmington Hills Fire Department advises.

The wants to ensure a safe 4th of July holiday for all of our residents. 

As in years past, only a professional, public display fireworks company, which has conformed to strict safety guidelines and passed all safety inspections by local Fire Inspectors, can display the really big, and loud fireworks we all seem to love and associate with the 4th of July.

If you’re just not quite sure what’s legal, here are few guidelines:

Most legal fireworks have a fuse at the top of the cone or cylinder. Legal fireworks cannot leave the ground, spin, fly, or make a loud “bang”. That pretty much eliminates most of the fireworks that consumers are interested in buying and displaying. The possession, sales, or use of illegal fireworks is considered a misdemeanor offense and in some cases a felony.

Here are a few tips that should always be considered when using legal fireworks:

  • Always read and follow label directions
  • Use with adult supervision-never allow a minor to use fireworks
  • Use outdoors, in a clear area
  • Always have a hose or water bucket present
  • Never use “home made” fireworks
  • Only light one firework at a time
  • Never try to re-light a “dud” – stay clear, then wet thoroughly
  • Never throw or pit fireworks at another person, pet or structure
  • Dispose of used fireworks in a metal container, outside. Never place in a combustible box or store inside of a home or garage
  • Wear eye protection
  • Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix

Enjoy your 4th of July holiday weekend, and as always, be safe! If you have any questions, contact the Farmington Hills Fire Prevention Division at 248-871-2800.

Lieutenant Denny Hughes is a fire and safety educator with the Farmington Hills Fire Department. Feel free to contact him at 248-871-2823 or via e-mail, Dhughes@fhgov.com


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