Consumer fireworks are a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays. But they must be used carefully. According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year nearly 10,000 people are treated at hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries.
Saline County Emergency Management and the Salina Fire Department urge citizens to be fireworks smart, before, during and after their personal fireworks displays.
Before: Choose an open area away from spectators, homes and buildings and dry vegetation. Use a garden hose to wet down the area before firing.
During: As each device burns out, soak it using a hose, or a bucket of water.
After: Place all used items in a covered, fireproof container and leave it outside and away from homes and buildings.
Obey all laws:
Please obey the local city and county ordinances regarding the sale and use of fireworks.
Within the city limits of Salina, City Ordinance Sec.14-57.8 allows you to discharge fireworks ONLY on July 3rd and July 4th between 8am and 11pm.
In Saline County, fireworks can be discharged between June 27th and July 5th between the hours of 8am and Midnight.
When using approved consumer fireworks, a person shall not ignite or discharge fireworks:
a. While on public property;
b. While on private property without the express written consent of the property owner, including the property owner’s name, address, telephone number and signature;
c. Into, under, or from a car or vehicle, whether moving or standing still, or on a public roadway or the right-of-way adjoining a public roadway;
d. Within 100 feet of any hospital, sanitarium, infirmary, nursing home, or assisted living facility;
e. Within 300 feet of any consumer fireworks facility;
f. So as to throw, cast, or propel the fireworks in the direction of or into the path of any person or group of persons, whether on foot, on a bicycle, on a motorcycle, or in a vehicle;
g. So as to impact adjoining property from either direct contact from fireworks or the residue resulting from the use of fireworks.
h. Bottle Rockets and Sky Lanterns are also illegal
You can contact the following agencies to obtain information regarding the ordinances pertaining to the purchase and use of fireworks in your area:
Salina Police Department 785-826-7210 Saline County Sheriff 785-826-6500
Salina Fire Department 785-826-7340 Emergency Management 785-826-6511
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
Release from Saline County Emergency Management