WICHITA, Kansas – With the festivities surrounding the Fourth of July approaching quickly, the importance of firework safety cannot be stressed enough.
Sedgwick County issued a fireworks guidelines statement on Monday detailing which types of fireworks are permitted.
To follow up, the Sedgwick County also released a list of safety tips to keep you and your family safe.
- Small children should not handle fireworks; even sparklers can be harmful if mishandled.
- Older children and young adults should be monitored by an adult when handling fireworks.
- Always keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby.
- Take old or illegal fireworks to a fire station or soak them in water until they unravel. Follow the directions on the packages closely.
- Do not hold fireworks that have been ignited.
- Try to light fireworks on gravel, concrete or a hard surface that will not ignite.
- Keep fireworks away from dry grass, hay, trees and all structures.
- Do not use “sky lanterns” or “fire lanterns” – only the wind controls where this type of firework blows and lands, which is often on rooftops.
- Pay attention to dry, windy conditions and to burn bans – do not ignite fireworks during these times.
Sedgwick County has also provided a printable version, which also include other summer safety tips.
Sedgwich County fireworks frequently asked questions