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Safety Tips & Burn Care
Fireworks Safety Tips
The usage and discharge of fireworks are strictly prohibited in the City of Merriam, however some communities do allow the discharge of certain class "C" fireworks. If your community allows for the discharge of fireworks, the Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council offer the following safety tips:
  • Always read and follow label directions for the safe discharge of fireworks. Fireworks users should wear tight clothing to avoid accidental contact with sparks and use eye protection when handling and lighting fireworks
  • Dispose of spent fireworks properly when you are done by soaking them in water before putting them in a trash can
  • Do not throw or point fireworks at other people or animals. Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  • Have a responsible adult in charge and never give fireworks to children
  • Have water readily available such as a garden hose and a bucket of water
  • Light fireworks one at a time and wait until it discharges, never attempt to re-light a device that did not discharge the first time it was lit
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket, they may ignite due to sparks and cause injury
  • Prepare a safe environment outdoors for shooting off fireworks by selecting an area clear of other fireworks, combustible materials like dried wood or grass, buildings, and other people
  • Purchase fireworks from reliable sources, never discharge homemade or illegal fireworks

Fireworks Burns Do's and Don'ts
If you get burned from fireworks, remember these do's and don'ts of burn care, if the injury is severe, call 911 immediately for emergency medical care:
Do Do Not
  • Cool a burn by flushing with water
  • Cover the burn with a dry, clean covering such as a sterile dressing
  • Keep the victim comfortable and from being chilled or overheated
  • Apply ice directly to any burn unless it's very minor
  • Touch a burn with anything except a clean covering
  • Remove pieces of cloth that stick to the burned area
  • Break blisters or use any kind of ointment on a severe burn