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Staying Safe on the 4th

Fireworks

Photo by Ian Clark

With Fourth of July celebrations commencing, it's important to remember to practice fireworks safety. According to the office of the State Fire Marshal of Kansas, firework related injuries are down almost 17% from 2012. We can keep these numbers dropping by following these safety tips and using good judgment and common sense.

Fireworks Safety Tips

The Fire Marshalls of both Sedgwick County and the State of Kansas offer these tips for fireworks safety:

  • Keep fireworks away from grassy areas or structures
  • Do not light fireworks if it’s windy
  • Only use fireworks sold in Wichita (others may be illegal)
  • Place a garden hose and/or bucket of water nearby to put out fireworks
  • Closely supervise children using fireworks
  • Use fireworks as they are designed to be used
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Always purchase high quality fireworks from reliable and legitimate sources
  • Always read and follow label directions
  • Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities
  • Always ignite fireworks outdoors
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place 
  • Dispose of fireworks properly
  • Never throw fireworks at other people
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Never give fireworks to small children

Illegal Fireworks

Bottle rockets and all other rocket-on-a-stick fireworks are illegal in Kansas. Commercial-grade fireworks are illegal to possess or shoot, unless the proper licensed to do so has been acquired.

Additionally, approved fireworks in the City of Wichita can emit sparks no more than six-feet in any direction, and are not labeled as emitting flaming balls. (According to Wichita.gov as of 6/26/2014.) 

For further information including a list of approved fireworks, please contact Fire Prevention at (316) 268-4441.

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