We’ve already heard lots of fireworks going off in our neighborhood with everyone getting ready for the 4th of July. Since there’s typically fire and explosives involved in the celebrations, the fire department has some tips for staying safe this holiday weekend.
From the City of Minneapolis Fire Department:
Basically, if the firework explodes or flies, it is NOT legal in Minnesota! But there are still a lot of great choices, such as sparklers, cone fountains, ground spinners, snakes, glow worms, snappers, and more.
Also, fireworks are not allowed on public property – including parks, streets, alleys.
Every year, fire departments around the country respond to injuries and fires caused by fireworks. If you use fireworks, please:
- Have adult supervision – adults should be lighting the fireworks, not children
- Avoid injuries to the eyes and hands: light the firework while it’s on the ground, then step away.
- Have a water source nearby: hose or bucket of water, just in case.
Bonfires must be contained within a non-combustible fire barrier (such as a fire ring) at least 6″ high; cannot be more than 3′ wide or 2′ tall; must be 25′ or more from any structure (house, garage, etc.) or combustible material; burn only untreated, unpainted wood; burn between 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; must have fire-extinguishing equipment readily available such as a charged hose or fire extinguisher.
Keep children and pets away from the bonfire; teach children that fire is a tool, not a toy, and should only be enjoyed with adult supervision in a safe setting.
Keep BBQ grills away from structures and combustibles. If you live in a multi-unit residential building, BBQ grills are NOT allowed on balconies, or within 25 feet of the building, unless they are permanently mounted and wired/plumbed to the building’s electric/gas supply.
Keep children and pets away from the grill to prevent burn injuries, and consider using oven mitts and long utensils to prevent injury to yourself while grilling!
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