With the Fourth of July bearing down and the fireworks going off, city officials and the State Fire Marshal have provided rules and safety tips to follow for a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Q. When is it legal to buy and shoot off fireworks in Baldwin City?
A. City Administrator Jeff Dingman said new regulations this year allow fireworks to be sold and set off on July 1 through July 4. In the past, July 2 was the first day fireworks could be sold and set off. The legal times for fireworks are between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. July 1 and 2. On July 3 and 4, they can be set off until midnight.
Q. What are the basics to keep in mind when shooting off fireworks?
A. Police Chief Mike McKenna said, “Use the fireworks in the manner in which they were intended. Read the instructions and follow the instructions.”
Q. What about children and the use of fireworks?
A. The State Fire Marshall offered this advice: Never give fireworks to small children. Adults should always supervise use of fireworks by older children.
Q. What other general safety tips apply to the use of fireworks?
A. State Fire Marshal: Always purchase high-quality fireworks from a reliable, legitimate source. Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. Have a “designated shooter.” Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks. Never ignite fireworks indoors. Make sure your outdoor area is safe for fireworks use. 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.
Q. What fireworks are considered illegal and what other legal questions are involved in shooting fireworks?
A. State Fire Marshal: 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 a public roadway, within 50 feet of a fireworks stand or where fireworks are stored, and gas stations or any place liquid gas — including propane — is stored.