Contact Us

Fireworks Season Means Enjoying Community Displays, Celebrating Safely [Video/Infographic]

David McNew/Newsmakers
Photo Courtesy of Amway

It’s the season for fireworks, which are synonymous with Independence Day celebrations.

July 4 marks the 238th anniversary this year of the United States’ independence from England through the Declaration of Independence. It means celebrating our nation’s founding through community events, with professionally-done aerial fireworks displays such as the Amway Family Fireworks on July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

If consumer fireworks are used at home or elsewhere, enjoy them safely to protect lives and property while embracing Independence Day.

The reality is the thrill of fireworks can bring potential pain.

On average, 250 people go to hospital emergency rooms and emergency care clinics every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the Fourth of July, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Michael Smith/Getty Images
With more than 60 percent of all fireworks injuries occurring during the 30 days surrounding Independence Day, here are some tips to stay help you stay safe, from the Michigan State Fire Marshal’s OfficeConsumer Product Safety Commission and The National Council on Fireworks Safety:

  • Always purchase fireworks from an authorized retailer and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Do not buy fireworks packaged in brown paper; they are for professional use.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Light fireworks one at a time; then, immediately back away to a safe distance.
  • Keep people and pets out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Light fireworks outdoors on a driveway or other paved surface least 25 feet away from homes and highly-flammable materials such as dry grass or mulch.
  • Never place any part of the body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never purchase or use unlabeled fireworks, experiment with or make your own fireworks.
  • Always keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Douse spent fireworks in a bucket of water before discarding them.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.


Consumer Product Safety Commission

Next: Consumers' Guide to Fireworks in Michigan

Next: Amway Family Fireworks on July 5th in Grand Rapids

Re/Max of Grand Rapids' Family Fun Zone at Amway Family Fireworks

Next: Independence Day Weekend Fireworks and Activities


Best of 100.5 The River

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for The River's Loyal Listeners Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The River's Loyal Listeners Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.