Independence Day is one of the busiest days of the year for firefighters; especially in Greeley with the increased visitor population and activities surrounding special events in the City of Greeley. Additionally, the use of fireworks, both legal and illegal, add to the busyness.
The Greeley Fire Department wants you to be aware of how you can help ensure the City of Greeley stays safe for the Independence Day holiday.
First, consider attending one of the professional fireworks shows. These shows are conducted by highly trained and licensed professionals and are supervised by Greeley Fire Department personnel. This provides a greater level of safety for the public.
Second, should you choose to use consumer fireworks, don’t use illegal ones. Illegal fireworks have a higher risk of causing unintended fires and injuries. A good rule to follow is to only buy fireworks from vendors in the City of Greeley. This will ensure that you are only using legal fireworks. Please see the attached checklist for more detail on what types of fireworks are considered legal. “The Greeley Police Department would like to remind citizens that any firework that explodes or leaves the ground are illegal in the City, and the State of Colorado. By Municipal Ordinance this is a misdemeanor and requires an appearance in court, and you can be fined up to $1000.00 and up to a year in jail for a violation.”
Third, be aware that legal consumer fireworks are still dangerous and have the potential to cause unintended fires and injuries. Adhere to all of the items in the safety checklist attached to enhance your safety and the safety of your family, friends, and neighbors.
Please only call 9-1-1 for emergency situations so firefighters are available to respond quickly when lives are in danger. To report illegal fireworks, call the non-emergency line at 970-350-9600.
For more information about fireworks safety, visit nfpa.org/fireworks
July 4 Fireworks Safety Checklist
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Greeley Fire Department recommends taking these precautions when using fireworks:
- Only buy fireworks from a licensed seller (not from someone on the street or from someone’s house).Purchasing from a Greeley vendor ensures that the fireworks are legal.
- Consumer fireworks that are legal in CO- cylindrical and cone fountain, ground spinner, torch and colored fire, dipped stick and sparkler, snake and glow worm, trick noisemaker and certain other novelties; list is not all inclusive)
- Consumer Fireworks that are not legal in CO- fireworks that leave the ground (i.e. bottle rockets), fireworks that explode (firecrackers, M80s, artillery shells, etc; list is not all inclusive)
- Light the fireworks on a hard surface and do not use fireworks if wind is present
- Keep clear of other combustible material, vegetation, and structures.Aim the firework away from houses, dry leaves, flammable materials and people
- Be especially careful around structures with wooden shingles
- Stay aware of your surroundings.Keep an eye out for unintended fires
- Keep a water source or fire extinguishers close by in case an unintended fire starts
- Wear eye protection, gloves, long sleeves, and pants if your handling fireworks
- Wear clothing that has some fire resistance (denim, cotton)
- Wait 20 minutes after setting off the firework to approach it, and then soak it in water
- Do not use fireworks that appear to be damaged
- Do not dismantle, disassemble, alter or combine fireworks
- Use caution with sparklers; they burn around 1200 degrees and can cause serious burn injuries. Children should not use sparklers unattended
- No one under the age of 16 should possess, use, or handle fireworks of any kind
- Read and follow the directions on the fireworks before lighting them
- Only use fireworks in an open, outdoor area
- Have a designated person to set off the fireworks who avoids alcohol consumption
- Never extend a body part over the firework
- Light one firework at a time
- Never relight a “dud” firework
Remember, the best way to enjoy fireworks and prevent injury is to watch a professional show.
Some shows in the area include:
Greeley Independence Day Stampede
Greeley Country Club