TOPEKA, Kan. – The Topeka Fire Department would like to encourage everyone to celebrate safety during the upcoming 4th of July holiday.
The sale of fireworks will begin June 27th and end July 5th 2018. The use of sky lanterns are no longer allowed in the City of Topeka. It is not legal to discharge fireworks within the city limits except for the following dates and times according to city ordinance. This will be the last year that these dates and times will be legal for the sale and discharge of fireworks. This is a result of a change in the city ordinance regarding the use and discharge of fireworks, the new ordinance will take effect after July 5th 2018.
Consumer fireworks may be discharged within the City of Topeka as follows:
- Between the hours of 8:00 am to 10:00 pm on July 1, July 2 and July 3 of each year
- Between the hours of 8:00 am to 11:59 pm on July 4 of each year
The following Fireworks Safety Tips are shared to enhance your awareness:
- Keep a ready source of water available i.e. a connected hose; a fire extinguisher or bucket of water should suffice.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Appoint an adult or responsible person to be your designated igniter and to be on the lookout for sparks which may start unintended fires elsewhere. The adult can also activate emergency response (911), if a fire cannot be readily extinguished.
- Adult Supervision Required. A person under the age of 18 years must be under adult supervision and in the physical presence of the adult to possess and discharge permitted consumer fireworks.
- Wet down all ignition and fallout areas before lighting any fireworks. This way if a sparks does hit the ground then, chances of that spark igniting a fire will be minimal.
- Always ignite fireworks on paved surfaces i.e. concrete or asphalt whenever possible; if not, select a dirt area where there is no grass or vegetation growth present.
- Never ignite or discharge fireworks into, under, or from a car or vehicle, whether moving or standing still, or on a public roadway or the right-of-way adjoining a public roadway.
- Be aware of wind conditions when preparing to enjoy your fireworks; if it is too windy then wait until such conditions subside.
- Never park your vehicle on dry grass or close to where fireworks are being discharged.
- Never attempt to relight a “dud” firework. Wait 10 – 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
Enhance the joy of this holiday period by practicing Safe Sane and Sober fireworks life-safety habits.