“I’ve only got 8 toes… wanna see?”

“I’ve only got 8 toes… wanna see?”


The answer is no. Also, I don’t want to be that person, neither do I want to any of you fine people to lose appendages – so, SAFETY FIRST!



That’s right, Melissa is going into Mom-mode. You can thank me later with a high-five… with all your phalanges intact.


Below you’ll find Firework Ordinances for Kearney, Grand Island, and Hastings… be sure to check what the rules are in your area.

City of Kearney Firework Ordinance: http://cityofkearney.org/civicalerts.aspx?aid=3425

City of Grand Island Firework Ordinance (scroll down for info pertaining to when you can light fireworks): http://www.grand-island.com/your-government/fire-department/life-safety-division/fireworks-stands-sales

City of Hastings Firework Ordinance: https://www.cityofhastings.org/news/latest-news/2018/04/30/city-of-hastings-fireworks-ordinance-(change-for-2018)/

But let’s start with the most important safety measures you can take – FIREWORK SAFETY FOR YOUR PETS!!!



They don’t have a choice when it comes to the crazy things we humans do – so make sure to care for your animals, as this time of year can be monumentally stressful.

Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them.

Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals.

Keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach.

Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it.

Keep citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch oil products out of reach.

Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, who can become frightened or disoriented by the sound. Please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities, and opt instead to keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

Be prepared in the event that your pet does escape by downloading the ASPCA Mobile App. You’ll receive a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances. And keep your pets’ IDs up to date! It’s a good idea for all your animal companions—even indoor-only pets—to always wear a collar with an ID tag that includes your name, current phone number and any relevant contact information.

Seriously, you are the guardian of their lives – please take care.



Okay, now to People Safety.



You know the gist:

Young children shouldn’t play with or ignite fireworks – older children should always be supervised. (Did you know that sparklers burn at temps of 2,000 degrees? Hot enough to melt some metals, and definitely flesh)

When lighting any firework, never place any part of your body (YOUR EYEBALLS ESPECIALLY) directly over the item. Use those arms to reach the fuse safely.

Do not attempt to re-light fireworks that have not ignited fully – place them in a bucket of water.

After a firework has finished doing its thing, either douse with water and trash it or plop it in that bucket of water for extra safety.

One more, just from Melissa, if you’re lighting off fireworks on your street, please, PLEASE be courteous of your neighbors – make sure no vehicles are coming (if they are, flag them down to let them know you’ve just lit something off) and clean up after yourselves.

Thank you.



Now, go forth and celebrate in safety!