Safety tips for using fireworks over the holiday weekend – CBS Detroit
(CBS DETROIT) – As Independence Day celebrations begin, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is sharing some safety tips for keeping people safe and preventing wildfires when using fireworks.
The DNR says it’s best to leave fireworks to professionals, but if individuals choose to do fireworks at home, here is the advice they suggest:
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- Throw the fireworks and sparklers into a bucket of water when you’re done.
- Keep a source of water ready to spray the embers of the fireworks. Spray water all over the area where you plan to use fireworks before you start and when you are done.
- Don’t try to rekindle fireworks that won’t go off.
- Do not launch fireworks in forests or fields where dry grass or leaves could ignite.
- Always supervise children and keep fireworks away from your face and eyes.
On top of that, the DNR reminds the Michiganders that Roman candle and bottle rocket fireworks are not allowed in Michigan State Parks.
Still, other fireworks, including small novelty fireworks such as fountains, sparklers, and ground weathervanes, are allowed.
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Sky lanterns are also popular during the holidays, and MNR explained that they essentially become trash and create threads that can entangle wildlife.
They also shared a variety of sparkless fireworks alternatives, including ribbon dancers, biodegradable confetti poppers, glow-in-the-dark bubbles and glow sticks.
For more information on forest fire prevention, visit Michigan.Gov/ Prevent forest fires.
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