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.