Firefighters Encourage Fireworks Safety

by Melody Pettit

The Branson Fire Department urges all residents and visitors to celebrate safely and legally when purchasing and discharging fireworks. Fireworks may be purchased in the City of Branson from June 20 through July 10, however, they can only be discharged from 7 a.m. to midnight on July 3 and 4, unless not allowed by neighborhood homeowners associations.

Fires and injury are two common results when fireworks are not used properly.

“We encourage residents to follow instructions on the label of all the different types of fireworks. Fireworks should also never be held in the hand and safety glasses should always be used. It takes just seconds of ‘fun’ to lose an eye, cause burns or a traumatic injury,” said Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin.

For children under the age of five, sparklers account for three-quarters of all fireworks injuries. Small children are fascinated by the bright sparks and often grab the wrong part, which can reach 1,800 degrees.

Fireworks also cause thousands of fires each year across the nation. Lighters, matches and projectile type fireworks are the leading causes of fires during the Fourth of July holiday. A misguided bottle rocket, for example, could land on a roof and start a devastating fire.

As a safety reminder, the Branson Fire Department offers these simple tips:

  • Always purchase fireworks from reliable fireworks stands that sell only Class C (common) or 1-4.G fireworks
  • Follow the label directions carefully and use common sense
  • Fireworks activities should always be done under the close supervision of an adult
  • Never point fireworks at another person
  • Use fireworks only in a clear area outside away from buildings and vehicles
  • Never shoot fireworks in a metal or glass container
  • Light only one item at a time and move away quickly
  • Always keep a water source close such as buckets of water or a garden hose to cool used fireworks completely and to extinguish any small fires. 

To date there are six permitted fireworks stands in Branson for the 2020 season and three Commercial Fireworks Displays have been issued a permit by the fire department and are as follows:

  • July 3 Branson Landing – Commercial Fireworks show from a barge on Lake Taneycomo
  • July 4 Chateau on the Lake Resort
  • July 4 Treasure Lake Resort

Fire department staff will be on-site at each of these events. Contact the Branson Fire Department’s Technical Services Division at (417) 243-2790 with any further questions.

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