Public Safety Officials Provide Key Safety Tips to Avoid Accidents During Fireworks Show
Public safety officials are concerned about firework safety with the upcoming holiday and have provided useful tips on how to enjoy fireworks while avoiding accidents that often result in injury, property damage, or in some cases, both. In most states, each municipality is responsible for creating and passing its own fireworks ordinances. However, regardless of the ordinance, several basic safety practices should always be observed where or when fireworks are used.
In recent years, commercial-grade fireworks have been made available to the public for purchase. These commercial-grade fireworks are significantly more powerful than the fireworks that have retailed over the past several decades. Some of these commercial types of fireworks come with remote controls and are more complicated to operate.
Benzie County Sheriff Kyle Rosa advises that people avoid buying and using commercial-grade fireworks displays; leave these fireworks up to the professionals. In states like Michigan, commercial-grade fireworks became legal for public purchase back in 2011. Rosa stated that, “Too many accidents can happen” when non-professionals use these types of fireworks. Sheriff Rosa stated that a young man was tragically killed, and another person was severely injured in a fireworks accident earlier this year.
Fire Chief Mark Cameron advises that individuals who are planning to use fireworks for the Fourth of July should use fireworks with adult supervision and that children keep all fireworks away from their faces. Chief Cameron also stated that fireworks can burn at 1,200 degrees, which could cause very serious burns. Therefore, people should keep a five-gallon bucket of water or water hose ready and place the used fireworks into the water after use so it does not ignite later. Cameron also states that fireworks should not be used in crowded areas and use should be avoided around dry grassy areas that could catch fire.
According to Frankfort Police Chief Rob Lozowski, people could be held financially responsible for any damage caused by the fireworks they shoot into the air. In other words, the person shooting off fireworks can be held both criminally and civilly liable for the projectiles that strike or catch fire.
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