Blue Springs has launched its “Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign for the 2010 fireworks season.

Blue Springs has launched its “Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign for the 2010 fireworks season.

Designed to help build resident awareness for fireworks safety and to educate community members about city rules and regulations regarding fireworks, its primary goal is to emphasize the assertive police enforcement that will take place prior to and during the Fourth of July holiday.

“Our goal this year is to make sure residents are not only enjoying the liberty of discharging fireworks in Blue Springs, but are doing so in consideration for others and within the limitations of city law,” Police Chief Wayne McCoy said in a press release.

This year’s campaign focuses on three major components: be legal, think safe and play smart.

Be Legal encourages residents to observe the days and hours fireworks are legally allowed to be discharged within Blue Springs City limits. This year, these dates and times are July 1 - 3, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on July 4, 2010, from 10 a.m. to midnight. Blue Springs Police Officers will increase street patrol and other practices during these times to make sure citizens are complying with the city regulations

To report fireworks violations, call 228-0151 or Text-A-Tip: text “BSPD plus your message” to Crimes (274637).

Think Safe reminds residents to use city-approved fireworks only. These fireworks include those sold by 18 licensed nonprofit organizations in Blue Springs only. The discharge of bottle rockets is prohibited by the city. A list of these organizations can be obtained from the Blue Springs Tax Department at City Hall or on the city’s website at www.bluespringsgov.com/fireworks.

Play Smart encourages residents and their family members to have fun but be safe when discharging or detonating fireworks.

“An adult should be present when fireworks are discharged, and people should avoid discharging fireworks in dry areas and around or near pets and animals,” McCoy said.

Residents are also asked to be mindful of neighbors, surrounding buildings or structures, and to dispose of all debris after discharging fireworks. Proper first aid or burn care should be administered in case of an emergency.

For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.

Additional fliers will be distributed to approved fireworks retailers, city libraries, neighboring businesses and patrons of City Hall.  

For additional information about the campaign or fireworks safety visit www.bluespringsgov.com/fireworks.