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Thursday, July 2, 2020
Firework Safety

It's that time of year again! The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public venues conducted by professionals and not to use any fireworks at home. Some may be legal, but are certainly not safe. In fact, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires and 300 vehicles fires.

This Fourth of July, the city of St. Joseph and the St. Joseph Fire Department wants everyone to have a safe holiday by following these safety tips when using fireworks: 

  • Do not allow young children to play with fireworks.
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision.
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • Always use protective eyewear when lighting fireworks.
  • Set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves or grass and other flammable materials. 
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and to pour on fireworks that fail to ignite or explode.
  • Never light fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Never aim fireworks at people, animals or property.
  • Do not experiment with homemade or illegal fireworks.
  • Call 911 in case of an emergency. 
Remember, sparklers are dangerous. Considered by many to be safe for small children, sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees which is hot enough to melt some metals. They can quickly ignite clothing and children have suffered severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. Consider using safer alternatives, such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.

Under Section  16-32  of the Code of Ordinances, fireworks with a report or that discharge projectiles are prohibited within city limits.
Debris Drop-Off Sites

Following the recent storms, t wo drop-off sites are available for residents to use for storm debris. The first drop-off site is located in the field north of the Bill McKinney Softball Complex at Heritage Park on Waterworks Road and the second site is the old Riverfront Park, located west of downtown off Francis Street. Guidelines for using the drop-off sites are as follows:
  • The last date for drop off at these locations is August 1.
  • Commercial companies may not use the drop-off sites.
  • Only residents of St. Joseph are allowed to drop off storm debris.
Open Burning During July

In an effort to assist residents with storm cleanup, City Council approved open burning throughout the month of July this year between the hours of 8am-6pm. Only dry yard waste such as leaves, brush and logs grown on the residential property may be burned.

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Independence Day

In observance of Independence Day, certain city facilities will be closed due to the upcoming holiday. View our holiday schedule for facility closing dates.

Friday, July 3
City Offices: Closed
Transit Buses: In operation
Landfill: Open
Recycling Center: Open
REC Center: Open
Remington Nature Center: Open

Saturday, July 4
City Offices: Closed
Transit Buses: Not in service
Landfill: Closed
Recycling Center: Closed
REC Center: Closed
Remington Nature Center: Open
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