When are you allowed to set off fireworks and 4th of July safety tips
As you plan to gather with family and friends for the Fourth of July holiday, Sheriff Clayton and your local elected official are urging you to celebrate safely. Let’s enjoy the Fourth, obey fireworks laws, respect our neighbors and make sure our loved ones make it home safely at the end of the night.
When can I set off fireworks?
State law allows fireworks to be permitted on specific days during specified times. These days and times are:
- Between 11am on December 31 and 1am on January 1
- Between 11am and 11:45pm on the Sat. and Sun. immediately preceding Memorial Day
- Between 11am and 11:45pm on June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3 and July 4
- Between 11am and 11:45pm on July 5, ONLY if that date is a Friday or Saturday
- Between 11am and 11:45pm on the Sat. and Sun. immediately preceding Labor Day
Your city or township may have additional firework restrictions within local ordinance. Please make sure to visit your local city/township for additional information.
All across our county we have had numerous calls of neighbors lighting fireworks in violation of state law and local ordinance. As deputies respond to these calls, they will first attempt to educate the individual responsible in order to gain voluntary compliance. If the person violating the ordinance is observed in violation by the deputy and refuses to comply, we will issue citations. However, in the event that a deputy did not witness the actual violation, a citation can only be issued if you (as a witness of the violation) are willing to sign the citation.
Fireworks Safety Tips:
- Fireworks and being under the influence don’t mix. Just like you’d take the keys away from the person trying to drive while under the influence, make sure to take the lighter away from the intoxicated relative or friend who is trying to light the fireworks.
- Don’t let small children handle fireworks and older children should use them under close adult supervision.
- Never place any part of your body directly over the fireworks when lighting the fuse. Make sure you move to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
- Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy, in case of a small fire or mishap. Remember, fireworks may still be too hot to touch even after they are done and appear safe.
- Do not relight or handle a “dud.” If the firework is malfunctioning soak it with water and throw it away.
- Never light them indoors or try to ignite them inside of a container.
Prevent Driving Under the Influence:
- Have a safety plan before you leave home.
- Choose a non-drinking designated driver if you’re consuming alcohol.
- Protect others by taking their keys if they attempt to drive while under the influence. They may be mad at you, but the alternative is much worse.
- Ask for a ride, call a taxi or a ride sharing service.
- If you’re throwing the party offer plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks. Monitor your guests and set the tone that no one gets behind the wheel while under the influence.
Detecting Drunk Drivers:
- Making wide turns
- Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line
- Almost striking an object or vehicle
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Driving at a very slow speed
- Stopping without cause
- Braking erratically
- Responding slowly to traffic signals
- Turning abruptly or illegally
- Driving after dark with headlights off