By Mike Roosevelt
Deputy Fire Chief
Andover Fire and Rescue
Celebrating the Fourth of July is a time-honored tradition in the city of Andover and the surrounding area. Commonly, this celebration is done with consumer fireworks.
It is important that all citizens and visitors follow these simple safety tips..
Always read and follow label instructions.
Always purchase high quality fireworks from a reliable, legitimate source.
Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
Never give fireworks to small children.
Adults should always supervise the use of fireworks by children. Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
Never ignite fireworks indoors. Make sure your outdoor area is clear and safe for firework use. Keep extra fireworks in a closed container to prevent accidental discharge.
Never point or throw fireworks at a person, building or animal.
Have a source of water handy, in case of fire.
Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
Light only one firework at a time.
Never attempt to relight malfunctioning fireworks.
When lighting fireworks, never position any part of your body over them.
Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
Never experiment with homemade fireworks. They are dangerous and illegal.
Bottle rockets and other skyrockets mounted on a stick or wire are illegal in Kansas.
It is illegal to shoot fireworks on or under a vehicle, on any public roadway, within 100 feet of a fireworks stand or where fireworks are stored,
Discharge is allowed in the 13th Street Park in designated areas only or on private property within the city limits.
According to city ordinance, fireworks may be sold and discharged legally at certain times within the city limits of Andover between June 27 and July 5 only.