WICHITA, Kan. — The Wichita Fire Department is urging area residents to take precautions when shooting fireworks this year. They will also be out to enforce firework laws.
In Wichita, fireworks will be sold from Friday, June 27 through Saturday, July 5. Residents can shoot fireworks during that time period between 6 a.m. and midnight each day.
Fire investigators and police officers will be out enforcing local fireworks laws, which can include citations and confiscation of illegal fireworks. Citations will result in a mandatory court appearance, and those convicted could face up to $2,500 in fines and up to a year in jail.
The fire department says that buying and using fireworks tested and approved by the WFD will help prevent accidents and injuries. WFD-approved fireworks emit sparks no more than six feet in any directions and are not labeled as emitting flaming balls. For additional information and to view a list of approved fireworks, contact Fire Prevention at 268-4441 or visit the city's website and Facebook page
The WFD offered the following safety tips:
-Consider attending a fireworks show in the area
-Keep fireworks away from grassy areas or structures
-Do not light fireworks if it's windy
-Use fireworks only sold in Wichita (others may be illegal)
-Place a garden hose and/or water bucket nearby to douse fireworks
-Closely supervise children using fireworks
-Set a good example by using fireworks as they are designed to be used
Sedgwick County Emergency Communications will staff a non-emergency line (290-1011) for fireworks complaints from 6:30 p.m. until 3 a.m. July 3 through July 5. During non-operational hours, calls will automatically be forwarded to 911.
The WFD is also surveying citizens concerning fireworks usage in the Wichita city limits. To take the survey, click this link: www.activate-wichita.com