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Help keep Wichita, Goddard and Derby safe by following these tips.

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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