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.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has some reminders.

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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