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Lee's Summit Fire Department ~ Use Fireworks Safely And Legally

Lee's Summit Fire Department ~ Use Fireworks Safely And Legally

June 21, 2014

The Lee’s Summit Fire Department wants to remind everyone to have a safe Independence Day holiday by using approved fireworks responsibly.

The City of Lee’s Summit ordinance allows the use of approved consumer fireworks with a permit on July 2nd and 3rd between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m., and on July 4th between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight.

Fireworks may be purchased in the City of Lee’s Summit after June 23rd from one of the 20 approved tents, but may not be discharged until July 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  To use and possess fireworks in the City limits you must obtain a “2014 Lee’s Summit Fireworks Permit” from City Hall or one of the authorized local fireworks vendors, or you can download it from the City website at cityofls.net.

The permit is free of charge and provides specific guidelines for fireworks use. Only one permit is required per household.

The ordinance allows the possession and use of certain approved consumer fireworks (1.4G) within the City limits. Consumer fireworks that are NOT allowed include: rockets on a stick (bottle rockets; missiles with fins or rudders for aerodynamic flight; roman candles, and parachutes that suspend illuminated materials). Although not a firework, the use of sky lanterns is also prohibited.

Fireworks cannot be used within 300 feet of stored flammables; within 100 feet of fireworks stands; or within 600 feet from a church, school, hospital, or mental health facilities. In addition, fireworks cannot be discharged within any structure; on property not owned by the shooter, or propelled onto property not owned by the shooter; into or at any motorized vehicle including watercraft, and at or near any person, group of people, or animal.

It is unlawful for anyone under the age of 16 years of age to possess or discharge fireworks, unless they are under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian (See summary table below).

Any firework has the potential of doing great harm to life and property and legal does not mean safe.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2011 fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.

In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.

The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.

On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.
Citizens who decide to use legal fireworks are encouraged to take the following safety steps:

• Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Parents often don't realize that there are many injuries from sparklers to children under five. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 1,200 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals. Do not let children run with sparklers.

• Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.

• Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.

• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

• Avoid using fireworks near dry vegetation or other combustible items.

• Keep pets indoors.

• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

• Light one item at a time then move back quickly.

• After fireworks have discharged, place them in a metal container with water. Do not place fireworks debris in with the regular trash, or indoors.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many professional fireworks displays in the area, such as Legacy Blast on July 3rd at Legacy Park in Lee’s Summit.

For questions about the fireworks, contact the Lee’s Summit Fire Department at (816) 969-1300, or visit cityofls.net. To report the inappropriate use, or illegal fireworks, contact the Lee’s Summit Police Department at (816) 969-7390.

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