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Familiarize yourself with fireworks safety, laws before holiday approaches

Posted at 9:06 PM, Jul 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-01 21:06:27-04

MID-MICHIGAN (WSYM) - As the Fourth of July approaches it can be tempting to light off fireworks, however, you may want to think twice before doing so.

The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act provides residents the opportunity to allow fireworks be lit off before, on the Fourth of July and one day after the holiday. It's up to the municipality to regulate beyond those three days.

Your local law enforcement agency can write you a citation, which could be hundreds of dollars.

It is important to check with your local city or township for additional ordinances.

The National Council On Fireworks Safety offers the following safety tips :

•    Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
•    Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
•    A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
•    Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
•    Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
•    Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
•    Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
•    Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
•    Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
•    Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
•    Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
•    Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
•    FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
•    Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

When lighting off fireworks, it's important to keep pets in mind too.

•    Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
•    If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
•    Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
•    Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.