City of Saginaw MI -
Fireworks Ordinance and Safety Advisory


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Fire Marshal Ralph Martin cautions residents. “The Fourth of July holiday is just around the corner. Be safe and avoid fire-related injuries and fire-related destruction of property. According to the National Fire Protection Association, two out of five fires reported on July 4 are started by fireworks. Injuries that often occur are the result of misuse of fireworks and approaching devices that initially failed to explode. First and second degree burns and possible severe loss of hearing from loud continued explosions are common injuries according to local hospital data. Even sparklers should be used with caution for the average temperature may exceed 1,200 degrees. That's many times hotter than your average burning match or lighter. Have a backup plan with a charged water hose or bucket of water in case of emergency. Let's make this Fourth of July a fun and safe holiday. Remember alcohol and fireworks do not mix.”

On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks accounts for more than any other cause of fires. The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-19, and adults 25-44, in an atypical year of a very comparable risk across much of the population. In 2011, nationwide fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.

The Saginaw Fire Department provides the following Fireworks Safety Tips:

  • Know your fireworks; Read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks. Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
  • Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water. Soak spent fireworks in water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
  • Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks and use them only in the manner in which they were intended.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the Fire or Police Departments.

Residents are reminded that the City’s Pyrotechnics and Consumer Fireworks Ordinance allows for the use of consumer fireworks the day proceeding, the day of, and the day after a national holiday. Residents are asked to comply with the City’s ordinance, and to be considerate of neighbors and safety while celebrating this 4th of July holiday.

For more information, please contact Debbie Buck, Public Information Office, at 989 759-1403.

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