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How to prevent a fireworks fire from starting in your home

How to prevent a fireworks fire from starting in your home
How to prevent a fireworks fire from starting in your home

WICHITA, Kansas (KSNW) – Cornelius Morgan of the Wichita Fire Department says the most important things to remember when setting off fireworks are to dispose of them properly and not aim them at people or objects.

Lt. Morgan recommends having a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher handy in case a fire does break out. He says dry conditions combined with carelessness can lead to a fire, so be careful.


A common mistake when disposing of fireworks is believing that the flame and heat have gone out when in fact they have not.

“It’s like when someone has a barbecue and puts the ashes in a flammable container and puts it on the balcony, and before you know it, we’re coming to visit,” said Lt. Morgan. “It’s the same with fireworks. Just because it looks like it’s out doesn’t mean it’s out. Pour water on it, sprinkle some sand on it, and make sure it’s out before you leave the fireworks and go inside.”

Residents can report nuisances such as fireworks, parties and excessive noise by calling the Sedgwick County Emergency Operations Center’s non-emergency number, 316-290-1011, from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. through Saturday, July 6. The number is intended for calls that do not pose a threat to life or property and allows dispatchers to focus on actual emergencies.

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