TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Firework sales started on Monday, which is a week from Independence Day. Local vendors set up shop to sell fireworks to customers, but vendors and the Topeka Fire Department also want people to know how to safely use them. Officials from the department say if they don’t safely use them, then it could cause someone harm.
“People kind of take it for granted,” Fire Marshal Michael Martin said. “They are not a toy, they are not necessarily a plaything they are an explosive and they need to be treated that way.”
Last year there were 24 people injured by misused fireworks in Shawnee County, including a 13-month-old girl according to the Topeka Fire Department’s statistics. Those same statistics show there was $3,900 worth of damage done by fireworks. Topeka Fire Marshal Michael Martin said the Topeka Fire Department is trying to bring awareness to the dangers fireworks could pose if used irresponsibly.
Fire Marshall Martin also said one of the best ways to stay safe is to follow the 3 s’.
“We want everyone to be safe sane and sober when shooting fireworks,” Fire Marshal Martin said.
Fire Marshal Martin told KSNT News safe, sane, and sober means people need to limit the amount of fireworks they are shooting off and not go crazy with them. He also said there should be a designated lighter who must be sober.
A local vendor said something similar about lighting off fireworks.
“Make sure you are watching little ones with it, and you are staying away from homes, cars, and other people as you are firing off the fireworks,” Victory Fireworks Volunteer Emmilena Gonzalez said.
Topeka Fire Department wants to remind people in Topeka that residents can only set off fireworks between the hours of 8:00am until 10:00pm on July 1st through July 3rd. Fireworks are also allowed to be fired off on July 4th from 10:00am until 11:59pm.
If you live in Manhattan, you can set off fireworks between the hours of 12:00pm and 12:00am, July 1st through July 4th.