Fire marshal offers tips for fireworks safety



Halie Schraeder holds the sack for Peggy Horner (facing camera) to fill
with fireworks purchased by Ben Reiswig (left) Monday evening from the
stand sponsored by the Supporters of Troup 129 in Hillsboro. Ezra
Schaeder, a member of the troup, watches Horner at work. Aleen Ratzlaff
/ Free Press

With the Fourth of July only two days away, the Kansas State Fire Marshal offers these safety tips:


  • Always purchase high-quality fireworks from a reliable legitimate source.

  • Never give fireworks to small children.

  • Adults should always supervise use of fireworks by older children.

  • Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.

  • Ignite only outdoors and make sure the area is safe for the use of fireworks.

  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."

  • Always read and follow label instructions.

  • Never point or throw fireworks at a person, building or animal.

  • Have a source of water handy, in case of fire.

  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

  • Light only one firework at a time.

  • Never attempt to re-light malfunctioning fireworks.

  • When lighting fireworks, never position any part of your body over them.

  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

  • Never experiment with homemade fireworks. They are dangerous as well as illegal.

  • Bottle rockets and other skyrockets that are mounted an a stick or wire are illegal.

  • It is illegal to shoot fireworks on or under a vehicle, on any public
    roadway, within 50 feet of a fireworks stand or where fireworks are
    stored, and gas stations or anywhere liquid gas, including propane, is

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