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Fireworks Safety
The Columbia Heights Fire Department wishes you to be safe in the use of fireworks. At this time there is a lot of talk in the State Senate and House about expanding the types of fireworks sold in Minnesota to include fireworks such as skyrockets, firecrackers, and multiple-tube devices from June 1 to July 5 of every year. With the potential legalization of these types of fireworks it is more important than ever that people be responsible and take additional safety precautions when using fireworks as these types of fireworks can be very dangerous. Fireworks are associated with many injuries and the following safety guidelines are offered by the State Fire Marshal’s Office to reduce fireworks injuries, fires, and nuisance complaints:

  • The best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit public fireworks displays put on by professionals who know how to safely handle fireworks.
  • Read, understand, and follow the instructions on each device prior to using.
  • Use fireworks with close adult supervision.
  • Choose a safe place to use fireworks that is far from anything that could be damaged from the normal or abnormal operation of any device. Fireworks should only be ignited outdoors and away from animals, buildings, storage tanks, brush, dry grass, or combustible materials.
  • Anyone acting in an irresponsible manner or who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs should not handle or discharge fireworks.
  • Keep fireworks away from small children and store them in a cool dry location away from sources of ignition (heat and flames). Fireworks should not be allowed to become wet and should not be used when dried after becoming wet.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or on your person.
  • Lit cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or open flames should be kept away from fireworks that are for sale or when stored.
  • Never ignite fireworks inside another container, such as inside a bottle or can.
  • Eye protection is recommended for those using fireworks. Never throw fireworks or aim them at another person, animal, or building.
  • Only light one firework device at a time, then move away from the device quickly. Keep clear of any device that has been ignited, but has yet to go off.
  • If a firework device has been ignited but fails to go off, stay clear of the device for an extended period of time to prevent injury due to delayed activation. Soak the device in water before handling it.
  • Never place any part of your body, especially your head, over the firework device when lighting. Approach the item from the side and light while keeping your body away from the item. Eye protection is recommended for those using fireworks. Never throw fireworks or aim them at another person, animal, or building.
  • Never relight malfunctioning fireworks. Report any defects back to the seller or the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Eye protection is recommended for those using fireworks.
  • Never throw fireworks or aim them at another person, animal, or building.
  • Never experiment with fireworks, make your own fireworks, or alter fireworks in any manner (a strong federal prohibition exists for such activity).

Contact Columbia Heights
590 40th Ave. NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Ph: (763) 706-3600
Fx: (763) 706-3601
info@ci.columbia-heights.mn.us
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