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Be Safe, Not Sorry with Fireworks

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Kansans are feeling the heat of summer, and along with it many of us will also experience the heat of fireworks celebrations as we enjoy Fourth of July festivities with our friends and families. While fireworks are used as part of the holiday celebration, it is important to remember that fireworks can be dangerous if not handled properly.  

Fireworks-related injuries dropped from 161 in 2014 to 137 reported injuries in 2015. While instances of traumatic amputation dropped from ten to two, more injuries required burn center treatment or surgery than in 2014. Injuries to hands were involved in 70% of cases in which the injured party was lighting or operating fireworks, while injuries to the head or eyes occurred in nearly 60% of cases involving bystanders.  

“While shooting your own fireworks can be a thrill, they can also cause serious injuries and fires if not handled properly,” says Doug Jorgensen, Fire Marshal for the State of Kansas. “The safest approach to enjoying fireworks is to visit public fireworks displays conducted by trained professionals who know how to properly handle fireworks. We want all our Kansas kids to enjoy this Summer’s fun and festivities as safely as possible.”

To help the public celebrate safely, the Office of the State Fire Marshal offers the following tips for the safe use of fireworks:

- Always purchase high quality fireworks from reliable and legitimate sources

- Always read and follow label directions

- Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities

- Always ignite fireworks outdoors

- Have water nearby

- Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks

- Light only one firework at a time

- Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks

- Never give fireworks to small children

- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place

- Dispose of fireworks properly

- Never throw fireworks at another person

- Never carry fireworks in your pocket

- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers

In addition, bottle rockets and M80s are dangerous and illegal in the state of Kansas. The use or sale of these banned fireworks is considered a crime under Kansas law.

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2018 Fireworks Test Dates

Test Date                  Test Time                 Test Location           Application Cutoff Date

March 3, 2018             1:30 pm                       Kansas City                  February 19, 2018

March 17, 2018           9:30 am                       Colby                            March 5, 2018

March 24, 2018           9:30 am                       Manhattan                    March 12, 2018

April 7, 2018                9:30 am                       Wichita                         March 26, 2018

April 14, 2018             12:30 pm                      Ellinwood                     April 2, 2018

May 5, 2018                2:00 pm                       Inman                           April 23, 2018

May 12, 2018              9:30 am                       Chanute                       April 30, 2018