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Fireworks Safety

Firework Safety Tips
As the celebration season approaches, it is important to prioritize safety regarding fireworks. Fireworks can bring joy and excitement, but they can also pose significant risks if not handled properly.
  •  Purchase Legal Fireworks: Only buy fireworks from licensed sellers. Avoid illegal fireworks as they are often more dangerous and unreliable.
  • Read and Follow the Instructions: Carefully read all safety instructions on the fireworks packaging. Each firework is different, and it's important to understand how to use them safely.
  • Adult Supervision: Fireworks should only be handled by adults. Children should never be allowed to light or handle fireworks.
  • Keep a Safe Distance: Maintain a safe distance from the firework launching area. Spectators should stay at least 20 feet away from ground-based fireworks and 150 feet away from aerial fireworks.
  • Use Outdoors Only: Fireworks should only be used outdoors in a clear, open area away from buildings, vehicles, dry grass, and other flammable materials.
  • Keep Water Nearby: Always have a bucket of water or a garden hose ready in case of a fire or other emergencies.
  • Never Relight a Dud: If a firework fails to ignite, do not attempt to relight it. Wait 20 minutes, then soak it in water before disposing of it properly.
  • Avoid Alcohol: Never consume alcohol while handling or lighting fireworks. Impairment can lead to accidents and injuries.
  • Protect Your Eyes and Ears: Wear safety glasses and ear protection to protect against potential injuries from loud noises and sparks.
  • Dispose of Fireworks Safely: After the fireworks have finished burning, douse them with plenty of water before disposing of them in a metal trash can.
Emergency Preparedness
In case of an accident or injury, seek immediate medical attention. Keep a first aid kit handy and know the location of the nearest emergency facility. By following these safety guidelines, we can help prevent accidents and injuries, ensuring a festive and secure celebration for all. 

Fireworks - Michigan State Law
Lincoln Park residents who plan on setting off fireworks are responsible for being aware of which days are legal to do so, as well as the start and end times.    We ask that you please use due caution when lighting legal fireworks, keeping a safe distance, and being extra cautious with small children.
Also, please be mindful of the sensitivities of other residents, pets, and neighbors.  Veterans and military support organizations emphasize that fireworks can be particularly traumatic for military and veterans suffering 
with post-traumatic stress disorder.
If you choose to use fireworks, please adhere to the ordinance and use common courtesies, such as: 
  • Informing neighbors in advance of your fireworks plans.
  • Limiting the frequency of your use during those acceptable usage hours.
  • Cleaning up all debris resulting from your fireworks.
If you see/hear fireworks violating State law, call Police dispatch at 313.381.1800 ext. 1.
Michigan State law requires that fireworks must be allowed on the following days, after 11:00 a.m.:
  • December 31 until 1:00 a.m. on January 1
  • The Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day, until 11:45 p.m.
  • June 29 to July 4, until 11:45 p.m.
  • July 5, if it falls on a Friday or Saturday, until 11:45 p.m.
  • The Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day, until 11:45 p.m.
**SKY LANTERNS - Any unmanned, free-floating device (sky lantern) that requires fire underneath to propel it and is not moored to the ground while aloft, has an uncontrolled and unpredictable flight path and descent area to pose a potential fire risk is therefore PROHIBITED.

Additional Resources
City of Lincoln Park: Fireworks Safety Information Letter
National Fire Protection Association: Fireworks Safety
National Safety Council: Leave Fireworks to the Experts
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Fireworks