The Idaho Falls Fire Department is encouraging the community to be safe, patient, and respectful during the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.
“Protecting lives and property is of utmost importance and should be kept at the forefront of minds when using fireworks and when participating in other activities throughout the day,” states Idaho Falls Fire Department Fire Marshal Scott Grimmett.
Safe and sane fireworks may only be sold and purchased within city of Idaho Falls limits from June 23 to July 5. Prior to purchasing fireworks, learn more about illegal or banned fireworks inside city of Idaho Falls limits by reviewing the city code.
Aerial firework displays, such as the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, require a firework display permit through IFFD’s Fire Prevention Division. The Fire Marshal has the authority to approve or disapprove of such displays.
Personal fireworks are not allowed to be ignited or discharged within fifty feet (50’) of the curb line along any parade route or within any area of public gathering, such as the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration and Riverfest events that take place at Snake River Landing.
“We are very fortunate to be provided with a wonderful fireworks display here in Idaho Falls. If you plan on attending the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration and Riverfest, please leave your personal fireworks at home,” states IFFD Public Information Officer Kerry Hammon. “There are factors that could delay the aerial firework display, including individuals lighting personal fireworks or not respecting the boundaries put in place to keep people at a safe distance,” adds Hammon.
When lighting personal fireworks, IFFD offers the following safety tips:
- Always have a bucket of water, hose, and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
- Completely submerge spent fireworks in a bucket of water and allow them to soak overnight. Never place spent fireworks in a plastic garbage can or near a structure or other flammable material.
- Closely supervise children around fireworks. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Children must be at least 16 years of age to light fireworks. Sparklers may seem harmless, but can cause severe injuries as they burn at about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
- Be respectful of others and keep in mind that there are individuals and animals who may not cope well with loud noises.
- If someone is injured by fireworks, seek medical attention immediately.
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Photo Credit: Melaleuca Freedom Celebration
Media Contact: Kerry Hammon, Public Information Officer, Idaho Falls Fire Department and Idaho Falls Public Works, (208) 612-8122, [email protected].