Firework Safety & Tips

The Noblesville Fire Department urges citizens to play it safe with fireworks this summer.
 
From January 1, 2006 through July 31, 2006, the State of Indiana tracked 251 unduplicated cases of firework-related injuries, with 55% percent of those cases involving children.
 
Burns were the most common type of injury, and sparklers were at the top of the list for the type of device associated with injuries, followed by rockets and firecrackers.
 

REMINDER OF CONSUMER FIREWORKS ORDINANCE CHANGES
FOR THE CITY OF NOBLESVILLE

 

With the upcoming July 4th holiday fast approaching, residents of the City of Noblesville are reminded of the updated restrictions regarding fireworks usage within city limits.  At its February 10, 2009 meeting, the Noblesville Common Council unanimously approved Ordinance #3-1-09, an ordinance revising the Noblesville Fire Prevention Code.  This ordinance adopts changes approved by the Indiana General Assembly under Indiana Code 22-11-14-10.5.  The City of Noblesville's fireworks ordinance now states that consumer fireworks may only be used in the Noblesville city limits during the following days and times: 

a.       Between the hours of 5 pm and two hours after sunset on June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3, July 5, July 6, July 7, July 8, and July 9.

b.      Between the hours of 10 am and 12 midnight on July 4

c.       Between the hours of 10 am on December 31 and 1 am on January 1.

 
Both Fire Chief Greg Wyant and Police Chief Kevin Jowitt support the fireworks ordinance in the interest of public safety and quality of life based on the following:  1) Statistics provided from the Indiana State Injury Report, 2) concerned citizens who expressed their support for a change in the ordinance, and 3) between 1 - 3 major structure fires occur in
 
Noblesville every year as a result of consumer fireworks.  As this will be the first July 4th holiday season since the fireworks ordinance has been passed, first time violators of the ordinance will receive a warning from the Noblesville Police Department.  Additional violations will result in citations.  City of Noblesville public safety personnel are confident that these ordinance changes will result in a much safer community. 
 

Fireworks Safety Tips

  • Never let children handle, play with or light any fireworks.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
  • Always purchase your fireworks from reliable, licensed fireworks dealers.
  • Use in a clear, open area.  Keep audience a safe distance away from the shooting site.
  • Safety glasses are recommended for those individuals lighting the fireworks or those in close proximity to the fireworks.
  • Do not alter any fireworks device or make your own fireworks.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never attempt to re-light, alter or fix any "dud" firework item.
  • Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose or bucket of water nearby.
  • Be cautious of lighting any fireworks during strong wind conditions and light fireworks with prevailing wind blowing away from spectators.
  • Do not use alcohol with fireworks.
  • Never aim, point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Use fireworks outdoors, never indoors.
 
 
Should you have questions or desire more information, please visit the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website at http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/Fireworks_Safety.pdf or call the Noblesville Fire Department at 317-776-6336.
 
 
 

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Rick Russell, Division Chief - Investigations/Prevention
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