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Friday, June 29, 2012
Joplin Fire Department issues fireworks guidelines
(From the Joplin Fire Department)
As Independence Day approaches this year, the Joplin Fire Department encourages citizens to keep safety in mind as they handle fireworks to avoid any problems. With the current weather pattern of high temperatures, lack of rain fall and low humidity levels the possibility of fires from fireworks usage will be increased. If you encounter a fire as a result of Fireworks you are encouraged to call the Fire department quickly to minimize the damage and spread of any fire.
The public should also know and adhere to all regulations involving the sale and discharge of fireworks in the City of Joplin to provide a safer environment for their families, neighbors and the community as a whole. Also citizens are encouraged to be a good neighbor and remove any trash or debris from the fireworks they discharge.
Fireworks may be sold within the City of Joplin on July 1,2,3,4 only; and may be discharged only on July 1, 2, 3, and 4 from the hours of 12 Noon to 11 pm. The City prohibits the sale, possession or discharge of bottle rockets within the City. Any bottle rockets found will be confiscated immediately, and any variances of these rules may result in appropriate fines and confiscation of all possessed fireworks.
It should also be noted that during the set-up and event of “Freedom Fest 2012”, the July 4th Celebration at Landreth Park, all private fireworks will be prohibited in Landreth Park, as ordered by the Joplin Fire Chief . The notice is being posted in the interest of safety and is in accordance with the City of Joplin Code (SEC. 58.65 Item C). The order will be in effect on July 3 and 4, 2012 for Landreth Park in Joplin.
The notice will be posted at all fireworks stands in the City of Joplin, as well as posted at the main entry points of Landreth Park. The Police Department has set a protocol in handling violations of this order, starting with a verbal warning to the possibility of arrest if repeated violations occur.
Other fireworks safety tips include:
1.Think first and foremost of SAFETY when discharging fireworks.
2.Follow all of the Manufacturer’s instructions.
3.It is recommended that children do not use any firework. However, if they do, always have adult supervision.
4.Only discharge fireworks in an area clear of any obstructions, and that has short grass or a noncombustible surface.
5.Clear the area of any trash, wood piles, yard debris, etc.
6.Make sure that everyone is a safe distance from the discharge area.
7.Have a method of extinguishing devices immediately, i.e. a garden hose, bucket of water, fire extinguisher.
8.DO NOT HANDLE DUDS. They may go off several minutes later.
9.Always use punks to light the firework. Using lighters or matches may cause the firework to ignite prematurely.
10.Do not hold a firework in your hand and light it.
11.Do not discharge fireworks toward or near people, houses or other structures, flammable or combustible items.
For more information about fireworks safety, contact Dale Brooks, Fire Safety Officer, at 417-624-0820 ext. 1307.