TFD offers firework safety tips


The sale of consumer fireworks have started in Topeka and with that the potential of injury.  The Topeka Fire Department has offered some safety tips to help people have a safe and happy holiday.

  • Never park your vehicle on dry grass or close to where fireworks are being discharged.
  • Be aware of wind conditions when preparing to enjoy your fireworks; if it is too windy then wait until such conditions subside.
  • 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.
  • Keep a ready source of water available i.e. a connected hose; a fire extinguisher or bucket of water should suffice.
  • Wear eye protection when discharging fireworks
  • 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.
  • Youth under the age of 18 must have direct adult supervision when discharging fireworks
  • 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.
  • Do not hold fireworks in your hand when discharging.
  • Never attempt to relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 10 – 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Never try to make, or use, homemade fireworks.
  • Do not discharge fireworks in a building, container, or directed at a structure.




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