State of MN Reminds You to Be Careful with Fireworks
UNDATED - For many, setting off fireworks in the backyard or on the lake are a Fourth of July tradition - and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety reminds you to do it responsibly.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, personal fireworks caused over 15,000 fires, 8 deaths and $36 million in property damage nationwide in 2010.
In Minnesota alone, fireworks accidents in June and July of 2010 led to 752 fires and $2.3 million in damage.
Overall, more fires are reported on July 4th than any other day of the year - and half of them are due to fireworks.
With this in mind, Minnesota Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl has some basic tips to keep the holiday accident-free.
- Fireworks that fly or explode are illegal in Minnesota, and use caution even with the legal sparklers, fountains and spinning wheels. He says make sure you're following the directions on the package.
- Children should always be supervised by a sober adult while using even the simplest of fireworks.
- Federal law prohibits tampering with fireworks, even faulty ones, so never try and relight a "dud."
- Never point them at people, animals or anything that could be damaged, and avoid setting them off inside of jars, cans or other containers.
Last of all, don't forget to douse your used fireworks in water before throwing them out. Taking these precautions can ensure a fun, safe and memorable holiday for everyone.