Local fire officials urging residents to use caution with fireworks


NORTHERN MICHIGAN — Fire officials in Arenac, Ogemaw and Oscoda counties are urging residents to use extreme caution launching fireworks during the Fourth of July weekend.
Currently there is a fire ban in most of the counties in Northern Michigan. While state law does not prohibit the use of fireworks during a fire ban, officials say that residents need to use common sense.
Fire officials offer these tips to minimize possible catastrophe:

  • A responsible adult must supervise all fireworks activities.
  • Only launch fireworks outside and away from any vehicles, structures, trees and ground debris.
  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Alcohol consumption and fireworks do not mix, save the booze until after the show.
  • Have a bucket of water and a hose readily available in case of any problems.
  • Never relight a firework that doesn’t go off. Instead wait 15-20 minutes and soak it in a bucket of water before discarding.

While state laws do not prohibit the use of fireworks during a fire ban, the laws clearly state that you are responsible for any damages resulting from a fire even in accidental situations, such as as one resulting from the use of fireworks.


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