4 Tips for a fun, family-friendly Fourth of July.

June 24, 2019


Fourth of July is next week and many Genesee County residents and families are making plans for the holiday. It is often celebrated with friends, family, parades, cookouts, and of course, fireworks. While Fourth of July may be filled with food and fun, it is important to keep safety in mind. As you make plans for upcoming festivities, we wanted to share four tips for having a healthy, safe and fun celebration. 

1. Attend a family friendly fireworks display.  

Though lighting your own fireworks may seem exciting, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a local display run by trained professionals. Communities across Genesee County will be celebrating Independence Day with colorful fireworks displays next week. If you’re looking for a fireworks show to enjoy with your loved ones, below is a list of events to check out.

Clio Family Fun Day

Clio City Park, 402 N Mill St., Clio, MI 48420

July 4, 2019

5-11 p.m.

Fenton Annual Freedom Festival

Silver Lake Park, 16000 Jennings Road, Fenton, Michigan 48430

July 4, 2019

8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Flint July 4th Festival

Atwood Stadium, 701 University Ave., Flint, MI 48503

July 4, 2019

6-11 p.m.

Montrose Township Fireworks

Barber Park 11410 Seymour Road, Montrose, Michigan 48457

July 4, 2019

Dusk

2. Know fireworks laws.

If you’re planning to light your own fireworks this year, keep in mind Michigan passed a new fireworks law in December 2018. The new law reduces the number of days consumer fireworks may be used each year. According to the State of Michigan, consumer fireworks include:

  • Roman candles 
  • Bottle rockets 
  • Missile type rockets 
  • Aerials 
  • Reloadable shell devices
  • Firecrackers
  • Helicopter/aerial spinners
  • Single tube device with report 

Consumer fireworks may be used after 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. from June 29 to July 4 and on July 5 because it falls on a Friday, according to the new law. Fireworks are not permitted on public property, such as school or churches, or the property of another person without their permission.

If you have any specific questions about fireworks safety or laws in your area, we encourage you to call your city hall or township office.  Click here to view the Genesee County Municipalities Directory.  

3. Practice fireworks safety.

Fireworks are a fun Fourth of July tradition and it’s important to use them with caution to avoid injury. On average in the United States, 8,000 people end up in the hospital with injuries from fireworks around the Fourth of July each year. Most injuries result in burns affecting hands, fingers or the face.

For those who plan to light their own fireworks next week, follow these safety tips from the National Safety Council to help avoid injuries:

  • Have a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire.
  • Have a first aid kit on hand with aloe, burn pads, cling wrap, saline solution and over the counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Always have an adult supervise firework activity, including sparklers.
  • Never place body parts directly over a firework when lighting the fuse.
  • Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Light fireworks one at a time.
  • Never carry fireworks in pockets or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • Stay at least six feet away from people using sparklers and only use one at a time. 

After the family fun is over, remember to safely dispose of fireworks. According to the Mid Michigan Waste Authority, soak used fireworks in water overnight and unused fireworks for 15 minutes before wrapping them in a plastic bag and placing them in the trash. Wrapping fireworks in plastic helps contain moisture.

4. Know how to handle fireworks-related burns. 
A fireworks-related accident or injury can happen to anyone, so it is important to understand proper first-aid for burns. The most common fireworks injuries are first- or second-degree burns.

First-degree burns affect the outer layer of skin, causing redness, slight swelling and pain. These burns typically don’t require emergency care. For these burns, immediately place the affected area under cool (not cold) water and remove any jewelry or clothing from the area. Once cool, apply lotion or aloe and cover the burn with sterile gauze to protect it. If the burn is larger than three inches or very painful, seek treatment from your doctor or visit an emergency room immediately.  

Second-degree burns are slightly more serious and cause the skin to blister. Treat these burns the same way you would a first degree burn and apply antibiotic cream to blisters. Again, if the burn is very painful or larger in size, seek emergency care.  

While it’s rare for someone to suffer third-degree burns from fireworks, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms. These burns affect tissues below the skin and cause skin to char, whiten, turn dark brown or become leathery. If someone suffers a third-degree burn, immediately remove clothing and jewelry from the area if it is not stuck to the wound. Apply a cool moist bandage or clean cloth. Do not place severe burns under cold water. Call 911 or drive to the ER immediately.

Whether you’re hosting friends and family or attending a local fireworks display, hopefully these tips help you prepare for the holiday. Our team at the Genesee Health Plan wishes you a healthy, fun and safe Fourth of July!

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