By Kaitlyn Van Maanen, Marketing Specialist
Summer is upon us, and we are ready to celebrate Independence Day! For many people this means barbecues, parades, campfires, and more! One of the most exciting things that many look forward to this time of year is fireworks! Iowa Legislature signed a law in 2017 that made the possession and use of fireworks to the untrained citizen, legal.
In Iowa, it is legal to purchase fireworks at the following places during the summer:
- Permanent Buildings may begin sales on June 1.
- Tents or temporary structures may begin sales on June 13.
- All sales must end July 8.
Although legal for citizens, it is important to know what days and time of day it is legal to set-off fireworks.
Iowa permits the use of fireworks on private property:
- From 9 AM to 10 PM
- June 1 through July 8
*Before using fireworks, check to see if your local ordinances have stricter laws than what the state allows.
To ensure that your fireworks show goes off without an injury follow these tips:
Keep your children safe.
Buy the right type of fireworks.
Be conscious of your surroundings.
Don’t mess with duds.
Storing unused fireworks.
When taking the proper precautions, a firework show can be fun for everyone. Be a good neighbor when planning to launch fireworks and make sure that your neighbors are aware so they can plan accordingly. Fireworks are loud and disruptive and may upset pets, children, or those with PTSD.
Peoples Insurance wants you to stay safe!
Stay safe this 4th of July when lighting off fireworks! Make sure you, your loved ones, and your possessions are covered this holiday by contacting your local Peoples Insurance agent! Our agents offer local expertise and can help you select which coverage option is right for you. Contact one of our seven locations in Rock Valley, Lester, Sioux Center, Akron, Sheldon, Hawarden, Iowa, and Jasper, MN.