The Fourth of July is quickly approaching and so are people’s desires to light up the sky with fireworks. However, before lighting the first Black Cat or Roman Candle, make sure your whole family is aware of the safety rules when it comes to fireworks.
Last year, fireworks were the cause of more than 70 injuries in Wichita. Fireworks hurt those as young as 19 months to 77 years old. Property damages from fireworks were about $120,000. So here’s how you can help protect your family and the city of Wichita.
Don’t light fireworks in a grassy area or near structures
If it’s windy, don’t light your own fireworks. Instead, attend a fireworks show
Only use fireworks sold in Wichita, others may be illegal
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of escaping sparks
Always supervise children while using fireworks
Only use fireworks as directed, don’t alter or combine them
If you have a “dud” firework, do not relight it. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then soak in water
Keep a safe distance from fireworks
Do not combine fireworks and alcohol
Never use homemade fireworks
By following these simple safety rules, your Fourth of July celebration should be safe and fun.
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