Fire Department Issues Fireworks Safety Reminders
Officials with the Hopkinsville Fire Department released a number of reminders to the public to help ensure that the community has a safe and enjoyable holiday. All are urged to celebrate responsibly and keep these tips in mind.
Fireworks may only be:
- used July 1 through July 5 and December 31 through January 1,
- used between the hours of 10:00 AM and 12:30AM,
- sold to individuals at least 18 years of age, and
- used by individuals at least 18 years of age unless supervised.
- NOT be ignited within 200 feet of any structure, vehicle, or other person;
- NOT be ignited or discharged from or toward a motor vehicle;
- NOT be discharged on property of another without consent; and
- NOT be not be discharged on public property.
The use and sale of fireworks in Hopkinsville is governed by Hopkinsville Code of Ordinances Chapter 101 and KRS Chapter 227. Failure to adhere to the local ordinance and state statute may result in fines up to $1000, imprisonment up to 30 days, and/or other penalties.
Other Fireworks Fire & Injury Facts
- According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks caused an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018 including 1,900 structure fires; 500 vehicle fires; and 17,100 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in five deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage.
- Also in 2018, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,100 people for fireworks related injuries; half of those injuries were to the extremities and 34% were to the eye or other parts of the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated 2018 injuries.
For questions or more tips and information, please visit the Hopkinsville Fire Department’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or call (270) 890-1450.