FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact person: Assistant Chief Jim Eden Lee's Summit Fire
DRY CONDITIONS INCREASE FIRE DANGER
LEE'S SUMMIT, MO- The high temperatures and drought conditions have increased the fire danger in the area to the point that we need to seriously consider the risks involved when it comes to how we celebrate over the Independence Day holiday. No one wants to miss out on the celebration, but with the freedom that we celebrate comes the responsibility for our own safety and the safety of our community.
Approved fireworks are allowed to be used in the City of Lee's Summit with a permit on July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. But with the dry conditions citizens are encouraged to use extreme caution when doing so.
If you choose to discharge fireworks, follow the regulations on the back of the 2012 City of Lee's Summit Fireworks Permit, and the following safety
. Avoid using fireworks near dry vegetation or other combustible
items. Before and after using fireworks wet down the area, including roofs, with a hose. Remember, fireworks are not allowed to be used on, or propelled onto, property not owned by the user.
. Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Parents often
don't realize that there are many injuries from sparklers to children under five. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals. Do not let children run with sparklers.
. Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device
when lighting the fuse. Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully
. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
. Keep pets indoors.
. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or
other mishap. If you have a fire call 911 immediately, even if you think you can extinguish the fire.
. Light one item at a time then move back quickly.
. After fireworks have discharged, place them in a metal container
with water. Do not place fireworks debris in with the regular trash.
The Lee's Summit Police Department will be enforcing the City's fireworks ordinances over the holiday. A citation will be issued if the fireworks regulations on the back of the permit are not being followed. To report fireworks violations, call the Lee's Summit Police Department at (816) 969-7390. The best way to watch fireworks is at any of the approved professional displays in the area.
For more information on fireworks use in the City of Lee's Summit, visit the web at cityofls.net, or call the Lee's Summit Fire Department at (816) 969-1300.
In addition to fireworks, avoid using any type of outdoor flame device such as patio torches and patio fireplaces, and properly discard smoking materials into noncombustible containers. Provide containers for your guests that smoke so they don't discard smoking materials into the mulch and landscaping around your home. Open burning is prohibited in the City of Lee's Summit without a permit and the issuing of permits has been suspended
until conditions improve.
The City of Lee's Summit wants everyone to make responsible choices when celebrating the holiday. The safe choice may not be the "fun" choice, but it's one we can all live with on July 5th.