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FIRE MARSHAL CAUTIONS BE SAFE – 4TH OF JULY SAFETY TIPS
The City of Saginaw would like to remind residents to be responsible users of low impact fireworks during the upcoming holiday season. State Law Low impact fireworks consist of ground and handheld devices that do not have more than one-quarter (.25) of a grain of explosive per device. Devices that are designed to break apart or be separated so as to form a missile(s) are strictly prohibited. Fireworks should only be purchased from a Consumer Fireworks vendor who has their Consumer Fireworks Certification prominently displayed.
The City of Saginaw enforces Chapter 92.09 of the City Code of Ordinances regarding pyrotechnics in accordance with the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act. Low impact fireworks are only authorized for use in the City of Saginaw on the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a national holiday. However, these devices are strictly prohibited between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on the approved designated days. Ordinance violators will be issued a municipal civil infraction and subject to a fine of five hundred dollars ($500.00)
Fire Marshal Ralph Martin of the Saginaw Fire Department commented, “Be safe and always keep safety in mind. Fireworks can cause injury to those who are lighting them and to bystanders also. Practice responsible use by following all safety instructions listed on the devices.
When using fireworks, be considerate to others who are affected by them such as neighborhood pets and children, and pay attention to the noise generated by fireworks and the time they are set off.” Fire Marshal Ralph Martin
Fire Marshal Martin cautions, “Be conscious of the extra hazard caused by the dry conditions which increases the possibility of fire. When using fireworks, citizens are encouraged to have an extinguisher device handy or a water hose in case of fire. Always know what goes up will come down. Statistics show that nearly half of all fires that occur on the 4th of July are caused by fireworks. Enjoy and celebrate the holiday, but think about safety too.”
The safest way to enjoy fireworks during the 4th of July holiday in Saginaw is the professional display of fireworks on Ojibway Island that provides residents and visitors with a safe and family environment to enjoy the celebration.
To find out more information regarding consumer fireworks regulations, please contact the Fire Marshal Ralph Martin at 989-759-1374.
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