Kalamazoo, MI: Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers would like to remind everyone how fast fires can develop as dry conditions persist. As consumer fireworks have become legal in Michigan it is likely that their increased use will result in an increase in fires and injuries. To prevent injuries and fires the following safety tips are recommended:
• Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
• Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
• Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
• Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
• Know your fireworks. Read the caution label before igniting. Do not light fireworks near flammable liquids, buildings and vehicles..
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
• Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
• Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
• Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
• Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you!
• Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department
The use of sparklers is common with children of all ages; however, they burn at over 1200 degrees. Parents are encouraged to follow following sparkler safety tips:
• Always remain standing while using sparklers.
• Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
• Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
• Never throw sparklers.
• Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be sure to drop spent sparklers in a bucket of water.
• Teach children not to wave sparklers, or run, while holding sparklers.
For more information from the Fire Marshal’s office, please visit: http://www.kalamazoopublicsafety.org/fire-marshall
By authority of: Captain Roberto M. Zuniga
Date: June 27, 2012
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy. Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Captain Roberto Zuniga, Operations Division, 337-8142