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Fire Marshal: Firework Safety Needed Especially In Dry Conditions


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 23, 2017

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Department of Public Safety, 773-6196


Fire Marshal:  Firework Safety Needed Especially In Dry Conditions


PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal says it is important to be careful with fireworks every Fourth of July, but especially this year.


“Using fireworks in a safe manner is always the primary concern, but with the dry conditions in most of South Dakota this year, there is even more of a risk of fireworks starting unintentional fires,” says Fire Marshal Paul Merriman. “We are really encouraging people to be careful with fireworks.”


Sale of fireworks in South Dakota is legal beginning Tuesday, June 27, and can be purchased until Wednesday, July 5. This year, it’s legal to discharge fireworks through Sunday, July 9.


“The use of fireworks really comes down to common sense,” Merriman says. “People need to read and follow the instructions on the fireworks. Mishandled fireworks can result in injuries or fires.”


Since some individual cities may adopt fireworks limits that are stricter than state law, Merriman suggests that citizens check local ordinances and regulations.  Recent hot weather also has increased the fire danger index in many areas of the state. Merriman says those who use fireworks have to be even more careful.


Merriman offers a few simple safety tips:


*** Follow the instructions on the product;


*** Avoid using fireworks in places where a fire could start;


*** Keep a source of water handy; and,


*** Many fireworks such as sparklers, which are popular with younger children, can cause painful burns and should be used with adult supervision.


The state Fire Marshal’s Office is part of the state Department of Public Safety.