Fireworks safety: How to avoid becoming a statistic this July 4th

Delta Township fire inspector offers tips
Posted at 7:05 AM, Jun 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-23 07:05:21-04

They might say family pack, but these firework packages are not for kids. Delta Township Fire Inspector Michael Roberts said those directions don't stop accidents from happening.

With the Fourth of July fast approaching, make sure you are up to date with the latest regarding fireworks.

"All these fireworks are dangerous and pose a serious threat to injuring yourself and creating fires. We have about 18,000 fires in the United States due to fireworks," Roberts said.

Roberts said it's strongly recommended that an adult 18 years old or older operates the fireworks, and must be alert when doing it.

"We find alcohol plays a substantial role in injuries and fires," he added.

While the fire department has it's warnings, local vendors like Bobbie Wood are also urging people to pay attention to these key things so your home doesn't end up in flames:

  • Make sure it's not windy because the firework could fly and go different ways.
  • Make sure you're in a open field.
  • If you plan to be near homes, make sure there is a hose near by.

"We have cannon fuses to where you can wire it up and then be at a safe distance where you can let it do it's job," Bobbie Wood said.

She also agreed that no one should be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when operating fireworks.

You may think catching fire or getting injured can't happen to you, but Roberts said it definitely can.

"People are blowing off hands, blowing off fingers, and injuring themselves even dying or causing home fires because of these fireworks, so we want you to enjoy your time but be safe. Make sure you're following all the safety precautions," he said.