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Safety First for 4th of July Fireworks

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It seems like good old common sense, but it’s never too late for us to be reminded of the danger of fireworks.  Every year, there are so many injuries do to the careless use of fireworks.

This year, with our severe dry conditions, it’s probably more important to be extra cautious.

Many or our local communities, including Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, and more, are limiting the use of fireworks to the day before holidays, the day of, and the day after.

That means it will be legal to light those exploding fireworks through tomorrow, July 5.

So, what about your own personal safety and that of your kids?  The American Red Cross has these safety tips for the safe use of fireworks:

  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Always follow the instructions
  • Keep a supply of water close by, whether it’s a bucket of water or a hose
  • If you’re the one lighting the fireworks, always wear eye protection
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Never try to relight a dud
  • Never throw or point fireworks toward people, animals, cars or buildings

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