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Walled Lake: Man Dead After Fireworks Accident

Walled Lake: Man Dead After Fireworks Accident

(Compiled, June 29, 2015)

On Sunday night a 47-year-old man put a firework to his head thinking that it was unlit, according to The Oakland Press. The incident occurred on Quinif Street in Walled Lake. The man firework went off and the man was found unresponsive and suffering from severe head injury. Police say alcohol was a factor.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission urges the public to follow these safety tips when using fireworks:

~Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

~Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

~Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.

~Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device 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.

~Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

~Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

~Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

~After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

~Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

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