(Gardner, Kan.) – As the Fourth of July approaches, the City of Gardner is launching a fireworks safety campaign to educate the public about the safe and responsible use of fireworks to eliminate injuries. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 10,500 fireworks-related injuries occurred in 2014 with 11 of those injuries resulting in deaths.
The City of Gardner recently approved the use of consumer fireworks for two days – July 3 and July 4. However, the city encourages citizens to attend a public fireworks show ran by professionals instead. The public is invited to attend Gardner’s Fourth of July event at Celebration Park, located at 32501 W. 159th St., which features concerts, activities and a fireworks display.
“Independence Day is an important holiday to celebrate,” said City Administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee. “But more importantly, we want to ensure our residents have a safe, injury-free holiday. We hope this campaign will help remind citizens to be prepared for the unexpected and be responsible when using fireworks.”
The city will provide facts and safety messages related to consumer fireworks usage throughout the month of June.
Some of the safety tips the city will highlight are as follows:
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks, including sparklers. Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
- Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from onlookers, houses, vehicles and other flammable materials.
- Light one device at a time; maintain a safe distance after lighting. (Wear safety glasses and avoid wearing loose clothing.)
- Never ignite devices in a container. Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks; douse and soak them with water and discard them safely.
- Keep a bucket of water and/or a water hose nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire.
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks to the Police Department at 913.856.7312.