New State Fire Marshal: Be Safe With Fireworks
Sehlmeyer said Michigan averages about 8 residential fire deaths per month. Nationally, he said, that ranks in the top three.
He credits those statistics with a decreasing amount of time residents have to escape a burning building, thanks to furniture and other home furnishings made with plastic - which burns faster. As well, he said, there still are not enough working smoke detectors in Michigan homes - or families who have practiced how to get out of their home if it were burning.
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State Fire Marshal's Reminders About Fireworks Safety:
- Only adults should ignite fireworks
- Fireworks should be enjoyed 25 feet away from any tree, building, person or other item which could catch fire
- It is illegal to ignite fireworks in a roadway in Michigan
- It is illegal to ignite fireworks on public property in Michigan
- Many municipalities in Michigan permit fireworks only within certain days at or around a holiday.
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