This is the time of year that Americans look forward to enjoying firework displays. This is also the time of year where injuries, and even deaths, occur due to fireworks-related mishaps. In 2021, there were nine (9) deaths and estimated 11,500 injuries according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPCS). This number is down from 2020 when many public displays were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this number can be even lower if people follow the safety guidelines published by CPSC:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move quickly away from the fireworks device.
- Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone.
- After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.
- Only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer (not professional) use.
- Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Please see Auburn Hills Fire Department Fire Safety Tips page for more information.
During the Fourth of July holiday, Consumer Fireworks shall not be ignited, discharged or used in the City except on June 29 to July 4 until 11:45 PM. Please see the firework regulations outlined in the Auburn Hills Code of Ordinances for more information.
Stay safe and have a happy holiday weekend!
Dawn Schultz, Fire Department