Officials stress the importance of safely handling fireworks

Fireworks (KSN File Photo)

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.

Related Links:
Sedgwich County fireworks frequently asked questions

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