Firefighters Gear Up For Fireworks Inspections

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Firework stands will start selling on Wednesday and local fire departments are getting ready for inspections.

Jacob Marietta operates dozens of buildings and tents full of fireworks in Kansas. His business, Wholesale Fireworks, gets frequent inspections during the week that fireworks are sold. If there are no violations, then he continues operating.

"The guidelines works. We work with all the local fire departments. Personally, here in Andover, we get along great. They come out, inspect us, check on us all the time. We appreciate knowing they're here and around in case there ever was an issue," he said.

The fire department in Andover will inspect the vendors every other day from June 27th to July 5th.

"We haven't had to shut anybody down because they have learned over the time that the rules are there for good reasons and they want to protect themselves as well as their visiting populous and their public," said Mike Roosevelt, fire marshal for Andover.

Vendors have to meet various guidelines to operate, but each city has different standards. Most agree on some basics like having proper access and egress to escape fires and other common guidelines.

"The basics as far as no smoking, having fire extinguishers on site, having appropriate aged staff on site to handle situations, those are all the same across the state," said Roosevelt.

Marietta said he welcomes the inspections to keep his staff and customers safe.

"We love having them come through and making sure everything is 100% tip top. Safety's our number goal, so being inspected every day is perfect, that way you know there's no slips or falls or anything," he said.

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