The National Fire Protection Association reports that in an average year there are more fires reported on the 4th of July than on any other day.

Fireworks account for 40% of those fires.

Remember to use caution around fireworks and campfires over the holiday weekend.

When preparing to use fireworks, the DNR suggests the following safety tips:

  • Only use fireworks in parking lots, driveways and gravel or dirt areas.
  • Keep them away from fields, grassy areas and buildings.
  • Follow instructions carefully, with close adult supervision.
  • Let fireworks cool, and then soak them in water before disposing of debris.
  • Keep a bucket of water, wet towel and a garden hose nearby.

While enjoying campfires, some important safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Never leave your fire unattended, even for a minute.
  • Keep campfires small.
  • Be sure to have water nearby.
  • When putting a campfire out, drown it with water then stir until it is cold to the touch.

Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

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