Fireworks are synonymous with Independence Day, but the Sheridan Fire-Rescue Department is reminding residents that fireworks are strictly prohibited in the City of Sheridan. The Sheridan Fire Marshall Brian Songer said in a press release that it is illegal to sell, store, possess, or use fireworks anywhere in the City limits at any time.
However consumer fireworks are allowed in the unincorporated areas of Sheridan County from June 27 through July 11, along with the months of December and January.
Songer warns in the press release that extreme caution should be used during the celebrations. According to National Fire Protection Association statistics, fire departments report over 22,000 fires started by fireworks each year. The resulting dollar loss to property exceeds $42 million. Over 7,000 injuries requiring medical treatment are also reported. Burns, lacerations, and trauma to the eyes are the most common injuries.
Firefighters ask if you use consumer fireworks, please wear eye and hearing protection and avoid synthetic clothing, ensure that the site and landing area is clear of combustible materials, keep children well away from fireworks, never alter or attempt to manufacture fireworks, never attempt to relight failed fireworks, never hold fireworks while lighting, have an extinguisher ready, and never direct fireworks towards buildings, vehicles, or people.