Topeka Fire Department shares Fourth of July safety tips

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Fun and fireworks fill Fourth of July celebrations.

Amidst all the action, safety often takes a back seat to the entertainment.

In response, the Topeka Fire Department has released a series of tips to keep residents safe and sound:

  • Keep a ready source of water available; a fire extinguisher or bucket of water.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Choose a “designated igniter” and keep an eye out for sparks that can cause unintended fires.
  • Persons under the age of 18 cannot have or discharge fireworks unless accompanied by an adult
  • Wet down your shooting zone before lighting any fireworks. This helps to reduce the risk of spark igniting a fire when they hit the ground.
  • Always light fireworks on paved surfaces i.e. concrete or asphalt whenever possible; if these areas aren’t available, dirt surfaces away from grass are just as helpful.
  • Be cautious and aware when it comes to wind conditions.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 10 – 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.



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