Local officials want you to be safe this 4th of July
Its almost that time again to get out, buy some fireworks and light up the sky with friends and loved ones and local officials want to remind people to be safe while enjoying the 4th of July.
This time of year draws a lot of people outside to shoot off fireworks in neighborhoods, rural areas and at parks. While doing this it is important to keep safety in mind and to keep your eye on your kids and your surroundings.
“We want everyone to have fun and be safe this 4th of July,” Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. “So we must remind people to keep safety in their minds as they enjoy the holiday.”
According to Napolitano, people should keep a five gallon bucket of water with them, and after launching their fireworks wait for them to cool and place the spent fireworks in the bucket of water and let them soak before throwing the spent fireworks away and paying close attention to dry vegetation where fires could start.
Launching fireworks at night is when people have to pay more attention to safety. Its hard to see where the spent fireworks will land.
“Night fireworks is when you have to pay special attention, you need to watch where the embers land and where the fireworks land,” Napolitano said. “It good idea to keep a garden hose around the place where you are setting off your fireworks.”
The Great Bend Fire Department and the State Fire Marshall want you to have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July, here are some fireworks safety tips that they have provided.
• Always read and follow directions,
• Always purchase high quality fireworks from a reliable, legitimate source.
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a designated shooter.
• Never give fireworks to small children.
• Adults should always supervise use of fireworks by older children.
• Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
• Never light fireworks indoors. Make sure your outdoor area is safe for firework use.
• Never point or throw fireworks at a person, building, or animals.
• 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 place any of your body over them.
• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
• Store fireworks in cool dry place.
• Never experiment with homemade fireworks. They are dangerous and illegal.
• Bottle rockets and other skyrockets that are mounted on 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 firework stand or where fireworks are stored, and gas stations or any place liquid gas including propane is stored.
Firework safety is very important this time of the year, but there is one more thing people need to be aware of and that is our combat veterans in Barton County and Great Bend. If these veterans are suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, fireworks can be very troublesome for them. The loud noises, pops and bangs will cause issues for our combat veterans so please be courteous when shooting off fireworks around neighbor hoods and other areas where veterans might be.
Firework times and dates:
Great Bend — 10 a.m. to midnight July 4 only