Safety tips for this 4th of July weekend

Posted at 1:22 PM, Jun 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-28 13:22:08-04

Even with the dry weather and a possible ban on fireworks this weekend, here are some things to remember if you are able to light up the sky.

The Meridian Township Police Department want to remind residents, that while fireworks are legal in Michigan, local municipalities are able to regulate their use.

In Meridian, residents cannot ignite or discharge low-impact fireworks or consumer fireworks between 1 am and 8 am. Fireworks can only be used on the day before, the day of, and the day after the holiday.

The ordinance can be enforced by the fire chief, fire marshal, fire inspectors, police and code enforcement officials. If a violation is determined, the official may seize the the fireworks as evidence, and the person may receive a civil fine.

A few safety tips while enjoying this 4th of July include:

• 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.

• Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.