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Fireworks Safety

The following safety tips are recommended by the State of Kansas Fire Marshal and endorsed by the City of Derby Fire & Rescue Department.

  • Don't attempt to re-light malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Don't carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Don't experiment with homemade fireworks. They are dangerous and illegal.
  • Don't give fireworks to young children.
  • Don't ignite fireworks indoors, and ensure that your outdoor area is safe for firework use.
  • Don't point or throw fireworks at person, animal or building.
  • Don't shoot fireworks in a glass or metal container.
  • Have a source of water nearby in case of a fire.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Make sure children are supervised by an adult.
  • Purchase high quality fireworks from a reliable, legitimate source.
  • Read and follow label instructions.
  • Remember, alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
  • When lighting fireworks, don't position any part of your body over them.

Safety Tips for Pets During Fireworks

  • Don't bring your pet to a fireworks display.
  • If you know from past experience that your pet will suffer from severe anxiety caused by the loud noise of fireworks, you may consider talking with your vet about giving your pet a mild tranquilizer.
  • If your pet behaves nervously by pacing, whining, or crying, distract your pet by playing with him/her or doing something he/she enjoys. Don't stroke, pet, or reassure your pet as this may actually reinforce your pet's anxious behavior.
  • If your pet will be outside, make sure your pet wears an appropriately fitted collar and an I.D. tag with your current phone number and address. Your pet should also be wearing a current license / rabies tag.
  • Keep your pet indoors in a safe and secure room. Turn on a fan, radio, or TV to muffle the sound of fireworks.
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