Warm weather is here and events are being planned, making Independence Day a fun time to be with families and friends. Before celebrating the holiday, area residents need to be aware of fireworks rules and safety tips.
According to Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder, using fireworks within the city limits is illegal. Pierce City's ordinance on fireworks inside the city limits, is the same as Monett's.
"We won't be roaming the roads looking for people shooting the fireworks off," said Pierce City Police Chief Mike Abramovitz, "but if there are complaints, we will have to tell them to quit."
"We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday," said Schweder. "We are very concerned about firework safety and hope all parents watch children very closely. There are no fireworks allowed in the city, and if anyone is caught shooting fireworks in the city, the fireworks will be confiscated and they run the risk of be prosecuted in the Monett Municipal Court."
In nearby Purdy, there have been some exceptions made for firework usage during the July 4th holiday.
The City of Purdy allows fireworks to be shot off inside city limits but special limitations:
Fireworks will be allowed from 10 a.m. through 10 p.m. only from July 2 through July 4. Fireworks shall not be discharged inside the city limits before July 2 or anytime after July 4 or a citation shall be issued and the police department shall confiscate the fireworks.
The Purdy Police Department and Purdy Fire Protection District have the authority to stop any fireworks from being discharged if they present a hazard to people or property.
Additionally, the Purdy Police Department requests that children should only discharge fireworks under the supervision of an adult.
Anyone with concerns about the usage of fireworks should contact their local city officials.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers the following safety tips:
* Use fireworks outdoors only.
* Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal, do not use them.
* Always have water handy.
* Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.
* Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
* Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance away from the shooter, and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
* Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
* Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle fireworks of any type. Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities.
* Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives. They can kill.
* Always read and follow label directions.
* Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
* Never throw fireworks at another person.
* Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
In addition, don't forget fireworks impact on pets. They have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they'll run loose or get injured.