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Keeping fire safety in mind this summer

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Posted at 12:33 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2020-03-15 14:56:31-04

LANSING, Mich. — With the Fourth of July being the midpoint of summer fun in Michigan, it's important to remember fire safety when planning campfires, cookouts and shooting off fireworks.

Here are a few tips from the Department of Natural Resources:

1. If you are lighting a campfire, make sure to always thoroughly douse your fire with water before leaving it for the night.

2. If you are burning debris, you need a permit. You can get a permit at Michigan.gov/BurnPermit. For more information, here, or from your local municipality before you burn debris.

3. You can implement firewise landscaping. This type of landscaping protects your home or cabin by minimizing the number of shrubs, leaves and trees that are close to the house. For more information, visit here.

4. In regards to fireworks, "nationally fireworks cause 18,500 fires per year and have injured or caused the death of 40 people on average," Lt. Jason Wicklund, a Department of Natural Resources conservation said. ""If you are using fireworks to celebrate this fourth of July, remember that you are responsible for where that firework ends up and the damage it may cause. Also, please take into consideration pets, those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders and local ordinances that have a time frame on noises (including fireworks)."

For more information on fireworks, visit here.

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