Independence Day is Monday. Fire Chief Kevin Schuelke and Police Chief Boyd VanVooren remind everyone to put safety first when shooting fireworks. As a result of fireworks activities, 18,000 to 20,000 fire calls are answered in the U.S. each year during the 4th of July holiday.
“The City of Milbank has an ordinance that does not allow the use of fireworks within the city limits,” said VanVooren. “There will be a fireworks show at Lake Farley Park on July 4 for all to enjoy.”
Schuelke added, “We are experiencing a unique year with drought conditions possibly in the making. We are not banning fireworks, but use extreme caution, common sense, and responsibility. Just because fireworks are legal, doesn’t make them safe.”
Schuelke suggests keeping water or a water source such as hoses or buckets available and close by. “Prepare for what-ifs and always discharge in open barren areas away from buildings and grassy areas.”
Schuelke and VanVooren added these tips for a safe fireworks season:
1. Require adult supervision.
2. Never allow young children to ignite fireworks.
3. Designate a safe area to discharge fireworks – away from buildings, vehicles, and animals.
4. Keep fireworks away from brushy areas.
5. Do not wear loose clothing.
6. Stand several feet away when lighting fireworks.
7. If something does not detonate, use water to make sure things are safe.
8. Never point or shoot fireworks at other people.
9. Light fireworks one at a time.
10. Always keep water in the area.
11. Sparklers are hot – up to 1,200 degrees. Use glow sticks instead for younger children.
12. Have fun. Be safe.