Lake Park Fire Chief Urges Caution Ahead of Hot & Dry 4th of July

Lake Park Fire Chief Urges Caution Ahead of Hot & Dry 4th of July

July 1, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Lake Park, MN — While you’re out celebrating the 4th of July this weekend, Lake Park Fire Chief Dave Coufal is asking everyone to use caution if they plan on using fireworks. Any firework that explodes or goes in the air is illegal to use in Minnesota, however that doesn’t stop Minnesotans from going across the border to purchase them and light them off anyways. Coufal says he’s not in the position to stop anyone from celebrating Independence Day, but he asks with the dry conditions that you exercise even greater caution.

All fireworks, whether they are legal in the state or not, pose a danger. Even the kid favorite sparklers, which burn at 1,200 degrees, can cause burns if not handled properly. In fact, more than 30% of fireworks injuries in the state are from sparklers.

Coufal reminds everyone to please monitor their kids and monitor their fireworks and fires to make sure they don’t get out of control.

And while you’re driving through Lake Park on the way to the lakes this weekend, Coufal welcomes you to stop by the municipal liquor store and pick up a raffle ticket for their 12 gun raffle and help support the Lake Park Volunteer Fire Department.

More information regarding the Lake Park Volunteer Fire Department raffle is available on their Facebook page.