Bowling Green Fire Department gives firework safety advice and warnings

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Bowling Green Police Department said they have already gotten 71 calls regarding misuse of fireworks since June 1.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that in 2019 alone, firework injuries accounted for 10,000 hospital visits, and 36 percent of these injuries happened to children younger than 15 years old. 

Bowling Green firefighter Cameron Wallace warned against an “it can’t happen to me” mentality.

“Everybody’s had an accident, so accidents always happen, and you never know what kind of accident will happen to you,” said Wallace.

Bowling Green Fire Department Risk Reduction and Education Coordinator Katie McKee says in case of an emergency, always call for help. 

“Just be safe this fireworks season, and if a mishap were to occur, call 911,” said McKee.

They warn to keep water close by when lighting fireworks. Make sure there is a safe distance between any surrounding buildings or tree lines and where you ignite the firework. Do not let children ignite the fireworks, and if a firework does not go off, don’t try to relight it – it could accidentally go off when you least expect it. 

But most of all, don’t set fireworks off as a prank.

“Setting off fireworks as a joke, can actually have devastating injuries or can cause burns, can actually make you lose a hand, a finger or whatever it would be,” Wallace said.

Wallace gave one final piece of advice to keep things your priorities on the holiday in perspective. 

“At the end of the day, it’s really not worth your own safety. It’s not worth someone else’s safety or someone else’s property.”

The Bowling Green Fire Department also warned that Roman candles and bottle rockets can only be purchased in Kentucky with a permit.