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Fourth of July prompts firework safety reminders

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State officials are reminding people to stay safe when handling fireworks this holiday

The state wants people to keep an eye on the weather and keep water handy when dealing with anything that could cause a fire.

Paul Rogers is a fire prevention specialist with the Department of Natural Resources.

“Fire danger is going to be increasing throughout the week. We’re going to have a couple days of still warm temperatures, it’s not going to be the extreme temperatures it was over the weekend but we’re still looking highs into the 80’s, we’re expecting continuous winds, and those are two factors that are really going to dry out our fields and a lot of our air moisture is gone because it’s not nearly as humid.”

 

Rogers said you should hose down your yard after shooting off fireworks to make sure any loose ashes are quenched. He said not to shoot fireworks into woods or fields.

He said under Michigan law, fireworks can be used on the fourth, and one day before and after.

Information on burn permits can be found at the DNR website.

In the interest of disclosure, the DNR is a financial supporter of WCMU.