The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds residents and travelers that special care and vigilance are necessary while enjoying campfires and fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in a typical year more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires. NFPA also reported that campfires are the third biggest source of human-caused wildfire.
Make sure your campfire is out cold before turning in!
“Times like those spent with family and friends during the Fourth of July are what make Michigan summers so enjoyable,” said Ada Takacs, Michigan DNR fire prevention specialist.
“In order to keep these times fun, it’s important to take a few extra steps that will ensure safety for all.”
When preparing to use fireworks, the DNR suggests the following safety tips:
- Only use fireworks in parking lots, driveways and gravel or dirt areas.