Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fire Dept: Use fireworks safely

By The Herald Staff | 6/30/2014

Retail sales blasted up Friday as vendors began selling fireworks in Franklin County and across the state.

While possession of fireworks within the City of Ottawa is prohibited by city ordinance, fireworks are permitted in the unincorporated areas of Franklin County and in some communities in the region.

Retail sales blasted up Friday as vendors began selling fireworks in Franklin County and across the state.

While possession of fireworks within the City of Ottawa is prohibited by city ordinance, fireworks are permitted in the unincorporated areas of Franklin County and in some communities in the region.

For those who plan to purchase legal fireworks and use them outside the city limits, the Ottawa Fire Department is encouraging people to follow these safety tips provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

• Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Parents might not realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees — hot enough to melt some metals.

• Always have an adult closely supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.

• Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.

• Never place any part of a body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

• Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

• Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

• Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

• After fireworks are finished burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a trash fire.

Each year, fireworks can be sold in the state of Kansas from June 27 to July 5, an Ottawa Fire Department news release said.

In 2012, the National Fire Protection Association reported U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries — 55 percent of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31 percent were to the head.

To stay safe, the fire department recommends local residents follow the recommendation of the U.S. Fire Administration and enjoy a professional fireworks display with family and friends, the release said.

Ottawa’s annual Fourth of July community fireworks display is set for dusk Friday at Forest Park, 320 N. Locust St., Ottawa.

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