First Responders

Queen Creek asks public to practice firework safety this Fourth of July

Posted 6/24/21

With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner, it is important to know what types of fireworks are legal within the Town of Queen Creek, when they can be used, how to safely use them and …

To Our Valued Readers –

Visitors to our website will be limited to five stories per month unless they opt to subscribe. The five stories do not include our exclusive content written by our journalists.

For $5.99, less than 20 cents a day, digital subscribers will receive unlimited access to YourValley.net, including exclusive content from our newsroom and access to our Daily Independent e-edition.

Our commitment to balanced, fair reporting and local coverage provides insight and perspective not found anywhere else.

Your financial commitment will help to preserve the kind of honest journalism produced by our reporters and editors. We trust you agree that independent journalism is an essential component of our democracy. Please click here to subscribe.

Sincerely,
Charlene Bisson, Publisher, Independent Newsmedia

Please log in to continue

Log in
I am anchor
First Responders

Queen Creek asks public to practice firework safety this Fourth of July

Posted

With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner, it is important to know what types of fireworks are legal within the town of Queen Creek, when they can be used, how to safely use them and tips to be QC neighborly.

Legal consumer fireworks include ground displays and sparkling devices; any devices that rise into the air and explode/detonate or fly above the ground are illegal (i.e. skyrockets/bottle rockets, reloadable shell devices, aerials, and single-tube devices that are shot up into the air).

State statute determines when legal consumer fireworks can be sold and used. The use of legal consumer fireworks is restricted to June 24 through July 6. Illegal fireworks are never permitted within town limits.

Legal consumer fireworks are only allowed on private property, and individuals who use, discharge or ignite permissible consumer fireworks are responsible and liable for expenses as a result of any emergency response that is required. With an increase in fires happening throughout the state, it is important to be extremely cautious.

“We continue to see overall dry conditions with destructive fires surrounding the Valley,” stated Queen Creek Fire Chief Vance Gray in a press release. “In addition to the safety precautions to protect people and animals, it is vital that fireworks are properly disposed of to prevent fires. By restricting your use to legal consumer fireworks and practicing the following safety tips, you reduce the risk to yourself, your loved ones and the community.”

To reduce risks associated with fireworks, Queen Creek Fire and Medical recommends the following safety tips:  

  • Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 1,200 degrees and can cause serious injuries.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging.
  • 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 relight or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks fully complete their functioning, place the spent device in a bucket of water overnight before discarding in the trash to prevent a trash fire.
  • Only use legal consumer fireworks and always leave the fireworks that rise into that air (illegal for consumer use) to the professionals.

Fireworks can also pose a risk to pets and livestock. The following safety tips are recommended:

  • Do not take your pet to firework displays.
  • Provide a safe area away from loud noises.
  • Do not place glow sticks or jewelry on your pet.
  • Have your pet properly identified with a microchip and/or ID tag. 
  • Never use fireworks around your pet or livestock and be aware of your neighbors’ pets and livestock.

Please remember during your time of celebration that fireworks are dangerous and that it is important to be QC neighborly.

If you suspect illegal fireworks are being used in your neighborhood, please contact the MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek non-emergency number immediately at 602-876-1011.

Comments