HFD offers fireworks safety tips


Hays Fire Department

All consumer fireworks that are legal in Kansas are approved for sale and use in the city of Hays on July 2, 3 and 4.

Fireworks can be used between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Related story: Additional fire crews will be at the ready.

Fireworks safety:
•    Adults need to closely supervise teens using fireworks.
•    Do not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
•    Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
•    Always have a hose, fire extinguisher or water bucket ready when using fireworks.
•    Know your fireworks; Read the caution label before igniting.
•    Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
•    Only light one firework at a time.
•    Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
•    Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you!
•    Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor, fire resistant garbage can away from buildings and flammable materials.

State law prohibits fireworks from being ignited or discharged:
•    From a moving or stationary vehicle.
•    On a public street or right-of-way.
•    Within 100 feet of a hospital, nursing home of fireworks sales location.
•    Within 50 feet of a fuel pump or gas station.

Practice courtesy and respect. Clean up your fireworks debris. Avoid disturbing your neighbors when using fireworks.

Call 911 promptly if a person is injured or a fire is started by fireworks.

  • Fireworks idiots

    Hays PD really doing their job. Fireworks still going off. This is why the ban should have stayed in effect. Idiots thinking they about rules. Thanks.

    • Irony

      “Idiots thinking they about rules.”

      • passin_threw

        That’s ebonics

    • Have some fun

      Get some ear plugs then. So you want to ruin the fun of thousands because one person breaks the law? Do you really think that one person would have not shot off fireworks if a ban was in place? You can put as many bans as you want on fireworks, guns, alcohol, gangs, drugs, etc and the criminals will still do what they want. My advice is take a chill pill and enjoy the free show.