As the days get longer and the temperatures increase, the East Lansing Fire Department (ELFD) Fire Prevention Division's attention turns to the 4th of July. Unfortunately, injuries from illegal or dangerous fireworks can turn the celebration into a tragedy. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there were 7,000 emergency room visits for firework-related injuries in 1998.

Fireworks Safety Tips

The ELFD offers the following safety tips:
  • Always have adult supervision
  • Always have water (a hose and a bucket) nearby
  • Buy from reliable sources
  • Dispose of fireworks, especially sparklers, by soaking in water before placing them in a trash can
  • Don't mix alcohol and fireworks
  • Light one firework at a time
  • Make sure the area is clear of combustibles
  • Never re-light a dud (wait 15-20 minutes and put it in the bucket)
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people
  • Use outdoors only

Fireworks Ordinance 

Please keep the City of East Lansing's fireworks ordinance in mind if you plan to use fireworks. It is illegal to discharge consumer fireworks between the hours of 1-8 a.m. on the day before, the day of and the day after a national holiday. In addition, no person shall ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks except on the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a national holiday during permitted hours. Learn more about the fireworks ordinance (PDF) online.