LANSING, MI (AP)-- With summer underway and the Fourth of July fast approaching, Michigan officials are urging caution with campfires and fireworks.
Fire prevention specialist Ada Takacs of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the best way to avoid risk is to attend public fireworks displays and "leave the lighting to the professionals." But if you do light fireworks, the DNR recommends a number of safety tips.
Sparklers should be placed in a bucket of water after the spark is gone. Point fireworks away from homes — and keep them away from brush, leaves and other things that burn. Campfires should be built inside fire rings. Never leave a campfire unattended, and keep water and a shovel nearby. Be sure to put your fire out completely before turning in for the night.