Handle holiday fireworks safely
Deputy Chief Steve Grinnewald provides the following reminder to the public about safely handling fireworks for the July 4 holiday.
Dowagiac Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to make sure everyone has an enjoyable and safe celebration.
Last year the Michigan Legislature legalized the sale, possession and use of consumer fireworks throughout the state.
Consumer fireworks are items such as Roman candles, firecrackers or any items that leave the ground.
Michigan law states that consumer fireworks are to be used by only people 18 years or older.
Use of these fireworks by anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited and they cannot be used on public, school or private property unless permission is obtained by the property owner.
• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
• Always read and follow directions on the label.
• Always have an adult present when handling fireworks.
• Never give fireworks to young children — even sparklers!
• Use fireworks outdoors in a safe, non-wooden area.
• Have a working garden hose or bucket of water handy.
• Keep everyone a safe distance away from fireworks.
• Light only one firework at a time.
• Never re-ignite a firework that doesn’t light the first time or one that has finished its display.
• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
• Don’t throw fireworks at another person.
• Keep pets indoors and away from fireworks.
• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
• Keep spectators at a safe distance.
• Always wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks.
Together we can make sure everyone has a fun, exciting and safe summer!