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2024 Firework Safety Guide: Ignite your summer!




Welcome to the 2024 Firework Safety Guide, brought to you by the Wentzville Fire Protection District. As a responsible member of the community, it's essential to prioritize safety when celebrating with fireworks on the 4th of July. This guide will equip you with the knowledge and tips you need to ensure a memorable and incident-free summer in Wentzville.


More than just a sparkle: A Brief History of Fireworks

Fireworks have long been an integral part of summertime celebrations in the United States. Dating back to ancient China, fireworks were initially invented as a form of protection from evil spirits. Symbolizing cannon-fire and revolution in the U.S., fireworks gained popularity during Independence Day celebrations and have since become synonymous with summer festivities.


Fireworks Safety Matters

While fireworks can create dazzling displays, it's crucial to prioritize safety. Firework accidents can have severe consequences, making it essential to exercise caution. Here are some eye-opening firework accident statistics to emphasize the importance of safety:

  • On average, 19,500 fires are started by fireworks annually in the US. (Source: National Fire Protection Association)

  • In 2022, over 10,000 people were treated for firework-related injuries in the US. (Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission)

  • The same report found that men and boys are more likely to sustain firework injuries, accounting for 66% of all incidents.

Lighting Fireworks Safely

When it comes to lighting fireworks, following basic safety guidelines is vital. Accidents happen, but a few simple precautions can help make your sparkling Wentzville summer safer for everyone.


Do This…

  • DO: Read and follow the instructions provided by the firework manufacturer.

  • DO: Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby for emergencies.

  • DO: Light fireworks in an open area, away from buildings, dry grass, and flammable materials.

  • DO: Use extended lighting devices, such as a long stick or a punk, to maintain a safe distance.

Not This…

  • DON'T: Hold fireworks in your hand while lighting them.

  • DON'T: Shoot fireworks into containers.

  • DON’T: Light more than one firework at a time.

  • DON’T: Mix alcohol and fireworks.

Local Firework Regulations in Wentzville Fire Protection District

To ensure community safety, it's important to be aware of local firework regulations. While this guide provides general safety tips, specific rules may vary across different areas within the Wentzville Fire Protection District. Let's take a look at the firework regulations for various governing bodies within the district:


Wentzville

Check the official website of the city of Wentzville for the most up-to-date information on where fireworks are permitted and any restrictions in your area.

As of the time of writing, fireworks are prohibited within Wentzville city limits 363 days of the year. On July 3rd and 4th only, fireworks may be lit, burned, and set off on properties not owned by the city.


What Does That Mean?

Public streets, cul-de-sacs, lawns, buildings, and most especially parks are off-limits for fireworks.


O’Fallon

O'Fallon permits the discharge of fireworks on July 3rd and July 4th from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at home, providing a limited opportunity to celebrate with fireworks. To learn more about specific regulations and requirements in O'Fallon, click here.


Lake St. Louis

Lake St. Louis requires residents to obtain a permit from the Lake St. Louis Director of Building and Code Enforcement to create public displays. Fireworks at home are limited to the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on July 3 and 4th. To explore further details regarding fireworks regulations in Lake St. Louis, click here to read the city codes.


Dardenne Prairie

Dardenne Prairie mandates allow residents to use fireworks an extra day on either side of the standard, from the second to the fifth of July. The use of fireworks is restricted to the hours of 10:00AM to 11:00PM. Click here for more specific guidelines and regulations for fireworks in Dardenne Prairie.


Foristell

Foristell has the widest window of all the cities, with a range spanning from four days before to four days after the 4th. Their time-frame runs later too, stretching until midnight from 10:00AM. To discover more about fireworks regulations in Foristell, including specific requirements for public displays, click here.


St. Charles County

St. Charles County requires a permit from the Division of Building and Code Enforcement for the use of fireworks in public displays. The county sets specific dates and times during which fireworks are allowed, from 10:00AM-11:00PM July 2nd-5th and a 1-hour window around midnight December 31st. To find detailed information on safety regulations and obtain necessary permits in St. Charles County, click here.


Cleaning up Firework Debris: Keeping Your Community Clean

Proper clean-up after a fireworks display is not only considerate but also essential Proper clean-up of firework debris is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, unspent fireworks and duds left unattended can present a significant fire hazard. It is essential to remove them from the area to prevent any potential accidents.


Firework debris contains harmful chemicals that can contaminate the soil and water sources, posing risks to the environment. By promptly cleaning up the debris, you contribute to environmental protection and the preservation of your community's natural resources.


Finally, maintaining a clean environment enhances the aesthetics and overall beauty of your community. It fosters a sense of community pride and creates a safer environment for everyone to enjoy. So, take the time to clean up after your firework displays and play your part in ensuring a beautiful, safe, and thriving community.


Steps for Collecting and Disposing of Spent Fireworks

  • For spent fireworks: wet down, then place in a metal trash can away from anything combustible until the next day.

  • For duds: DO NOT RELIGHT. Wait 20 minutes, then soak in a bucket of water.

  • DO NOT dispose of spent fireworks in plastic trash containers.

  • DO NOT place containers with spent fireworks IN or NEAR any buildings.

By following these firework safety guidelines, you can ensure a spectacular and incident-free summer here in Wentzville. Remember, safety should always be a top priority when handling fireworks. Stay informed about local regulations, clean up after your celebrations, and be a responsible member of your community. Let's celebrate the season safely and make lasting memories together.


About the Author


Wentzville Fire District is one of the largest fire districts in St. Charles County, covering 88 square miles. The fire district is committed to serving and protecting our community through the highest quality of fire protection, prevention, education, and community outreach.


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