Monday, June 25, 2012

Tip of the Week: Enjoy Fireworks Safely

Stock Photo by Joseph Hart
As we head towards the 4th of July, and fireworks are hear throughout the Warrendale neighborhood with increasing regularity, the Detroit Fire Department offers a few suggestions about how to enjoy them safely. The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home - period. The safest thing to do is attend public fireworks displays and leave lighting them to the professionals.

If you ultimately decide to engage in this very dangerous activity, make sure fireworks are legal in your area and follow these safety tips:
  • Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.;
  • Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly;
  • Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks;
  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a devise does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it;
  • Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks. If a devise is not marked with the contents, direction and a warning label, do not light it; and
  • Supervise children around fireworks at all times.

Enjoying fireworks safely is your Warrendale Tip of the Week.
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