Kirkwood's Public Safety departments provide below a variety of helpful articles and tip sheets related to safety. These are organized seasonally (e.g., tornado safety during tornado season, which is typically spring/summer, and pool safety tips during the summer, etc.). If there is a safety issue you would like to see discussed here, please email the City's Public Information Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact the Kirkwood Safety / Emergency Management Department:
Director, Safety/Emergency Management: Christian Dunman
Fireworks sales at licensed seasonal retailers are legal in Missouri from June 20 to July 10. State permits should be displayed at all seasonal retail locations. Missourians who choose to use consumer fireworks should follow basic safety practices. Purchase fireworks only from a properly licensed retailers.
- Always wear eye protection and earplugs if you have sensitive ears.
- Children should never be shooting or around fireworks without adult supervision.
- Tie back long hair and don't wear-loose fitting clothes.
- Only light one firework at a time.
- Never try to re-light fireworks that have malfunctioned.
- Never have any part of your body over fireworks.
- Keep young children away from fireworks.
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Make sure to have water nearby in case of a fire or an accident.
- Dispose of fireworks by soaking them in water and leaving them in a trash can.
- Never light fireworks indoors.
- Don't use fireworks while consuming alcohol. Use a "designated shooter."
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place. Don't save fireworks from season to season.
Anyone with concerns about a fireworks dealer or the types of fireworks being sold by a dealer should call the State of Missouri Fire Marshal's office at 573-751-2930.
May is National Water Safety Month:
Each year, drowning claims more than 6,500 lives in the U.S. alone. Forty percent of all drowning deaths are children under the age of 5, while another 15 to 20 percent are between 5 and 20 years old. Nearly 90 percent of all drowning deaths occur within 10 feet of safety, and more than two-thirds of victims cannot swim. A responsible supervising adult can be identified in 84 percent of toddler drownings, but only 18 percent of these incidents are actually witnessed. A full list of Water Safety Tips is available below, but here are two very important ones: 1) Know how to swim, and teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible. 2) Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area. Always watch your child when he or she is in or near water.
Learn To Swim:
The City of Kirkwood’s Parks & Recreation department offers affordable swimming lessons at the Aquatic Center throughout the summer and to all age ranges, including adults.
The PARC (Participating at Reduced Costs) & Courtney Shupe Scholarship Programs:
The PARC and Shupe Scholarship programs are designed to assist young people, ages 17 and under, whose families or households face economic challenges, in enjoying Kirkwood aquatics’ programs. Call Kyle Henke at 822-5856 for information. The pool opens each year on the Saturday prior to Memorial Day.
Other Safety Information (By Season)
- Tornado Safety: What to Do and How to Prepare
- Tornadoes: Are You Ready?
- 15 Tornado Safety Tips
- Tornadoes: A Slide Show
- For Kids: Tornado Safety Lessons
- Excessive Heat
- Sunburn Safety for Kids
- Extreme Heat: Know the Terms
- Extreme Heat FAQ
- Summer Swimming Safety
Lightning Safety Tips:
Lightning strikes are also a summer safety issue. It may seem like a hassle when the lifeguard at Kirkwood Pool tells you to get out of the water because thunder has been heard, but the scary truth is that water is a deadly place to be when lightning strikes occur. July is the deadliest month for lightning strikes.
- Staying Safe During a Lightning Storm [Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]
Fitness and Wellness:
The City's Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of fitness classes and programs. For more information about our classes, programs, and facilities, please visit Parks & Recreation.
- Blizzard Awareness Developing a Family Disaster Plan
- Purchasing a Generator
- Generator Safety
- Just How Cold Is It?
- Hypothermia: How to Recognize It
- Shoveling Snow the Safe Way
- What to Do When You're Stranded
- What Causes Winter Storms?
- What to Do During a Power Outage
- Winterizing Your Car
Holiday Safety Tips:
The Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the holiday season. It's the first big shopping weekend before Christmas, and it's also a weekend when many people travel to visit friends and relatives. Thanksgiving is also one of the most dangerous holidays on Missouri's roadways.
- Arrive alive this holiday, by following these safety tips:
- Plan your trip.
- Stay alert and make safety your first priority. Inattention is a leading cause of traffic crashes.
- Expect the unexpected. Pay close attention to those motorists around you.
- Drive the speed limit and obey all traffic rules and signs. Speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of the fatal and personal injury crashes during the last holiday period.
- Drive courteously.
- Move over or slow down if you see emergency personnel on the side of the road with their lights flashing.
- Minimize distractions: Turn down the radio, and don't use your mobile phone while driving.
- Turn on your headlights so others can see you.
- Use safety belts and child safety seats. The use of seat belts and child restraints is one of the most effective ways to prevent death and personal injury when a traffic crash happens.
- Get plenty of rest before your trip. Change drivers if you feel tired.
- Don't drive if you have been drinking.
- Allow plenty of distance before entering or crossing a roadway and when approaching oncoming traffic.
Information provided by the Safety Council of Greater St. Louis
Arrive Alive is the theme of the safety campaign sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety.