WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Fourth of July celebrations are starting this weekend and city officials want to remind residents to be safe during the celebrations.
City officials are reminding residents about the added danger of hot and windy weather and encouraging them to follow the following safety tips:
- Keep fireworks away from grassy areas or structures
- Do not light fireworks if it’s windy
- Consider attending a fireworks show in the area
- Use only fireworks sold in Wichita (others may be illegal)
- Place a garden hose, fire extinguisher, and/or water bucket nearby to douse fireworks
- Closely supervise children using fireworks
- Use fireworks as they are designed to be used
- Safely dispose of used fireworks in a metal container, do not place in trash until safe
In Wichita, fireworks may be lawfully sold Tuesday, June 27 through Wednesday, July 5. Legal fireworks may be discharged during the same time period, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and midnight each day. Approved fireworks emit sparks no more than six feet in any direction and they are not labeled as emitting flaming balls.
The Wichita Fire Department and the Wichita Police Department will enforce local fireworks laws, which can include citations and confiscating illegal fireworks. Citations will result in a mandatory court appearance. Those convicted can face up to $2,500 in fines and possibly up to a year in jail.
Buying and using fireworks tested and approved by the Wichita Fire Department in a safe manner will help prevent accidents, injuries and deaths.