Fireworks during the 4th of July are as common as apple pie, but did you know that twice as many fires are reported on this day than any other day during the year? Fireworks cause 2 out of 5 reported fires on the 4th of July. The good news is you can enjoy your holiday and fireworks with just a few simple safety tips:
- Leave fireworks to the professionals.
- The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
- Fireworks in Hopkinsville will be at the Western Ky State Fair. Please enjoy them from a safe distance.
In Kentucky and within the city of Hopkinsville, there are a few laws you need to know about:
- You must be 18 years old to purchase or use fireworks.
- You may only use consumer fireworks in Hopkinsville on July 1st – 5th and December 31st – January 1st during the hours of 10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
- You have to be at least 200 ft. away from structures, vehicles and other people.
When using fireworks you should consider the following:
- Have a water hose and bucket of water available.
- Sparklers should be dispensed into the bucket of water, so no one steps on a hot wire or stick.
- Sparklers heat up to 1200 degrees and can catch clothes and hair on fire.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never try to re-ignite a malfunctioning firework; leave it alone and douse it with water.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place out of the sun.
- Dispose of fireworks properly; once cooled, soak them and then throw them away.
- Do not throw fireworks at another person.
- Do not carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Do not shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers.
- Do not give fireworks to small children; offer them alternative toys such as noise makers!!
Give children alternatives to fireworks such as chalk, toys or glow sticks. The Hopkinsville Fire Department Fire Prevention Division will be giving away firework alternative goody bags on July 4th at the Fairgrounds. Just look for Inspector Cloos at the grandstands before the fireworks display.
Inspector Cloos is asking for the community’s help when viewing the community fireworks display on July 4th near the Fairgrounds. Please stay away from the “Fall Out Zone” and “SHOOT” areas that are marked by caution signs. These areas will be strictly enforced for your safety.
Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!