Even though there has been more rain this month in parts of South Dakota, the state’s Fire Marshal is reminding people still to be careful with fireworks as they prepare for the July Fourth holiday.
Sale of fireworks in South Dakota begins this Wednesday, June 27, and can be purchased until Thursday, July 5. It is legal to discharge fireworks through Sunday, July 8.
State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says most years, the concern is about discharging fireworks in dry conditions. But he says people also need to be careful in areas which have received rain as well.
“Unintentional fires started by fireworks can start in any type of conditions regardless of rainfall amounts,” he says. “It still comes down to common sense, following the instructions on the fireworks and not discharging fireworks around people and buildings.”
Since some individual cities may adopt fireworks limits that are stricter than state law, Merriman suggests that citizens check local ordinances and regulations. Merriman offers a few simple safety tips:
*** Follow the instructions on the product;
*** Avoid using fireworks in places where a fire could start;
*** Keep a source of water handy; and,
*** Many fireworks such as sparklers, which are popular with younger children, can cause painful burns and should be used with adult supervision.
The state Fire Marshal’s Office is part of the state Department of Public Safety.