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Cal Fire Stresses Fireworks Safety for Fourth of July Celebrations

calfirebThe Fourth of July holiday has arrived along with warm temperatures and increased outdoor activities, and many Californians and tourists will be celebrating our nation’s independence with fireworks. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is stressing the importance of fireworks safety and the state’s zero tolerance against illegal fireworks.

California has a zero tolerance for the sale and use of illegal fireworks.

Illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner. It is illegal to sell, transport, or use fireworks that do not carry the “Safe and Sane” seal, as well as possess or use any fireworks in a community where they are not permitted.

If convicted, a violator could be fined up to $50,000 as well as sent to jail for up to one year. There are nearly 300 communities within California that allow ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks.

CAl Fire is asking Californians to prevent fireworks related injuries or wildfires by taking these actions:

  • Local ordinances should be verified before purchasing and/or using fireworks.
  • Always read directions.
  • Always have an adult present.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Never use near dry grass or other flammable materials.
  • Light one at a time.
  • Keep a safe distance.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never experiment with fireworks.
  • Have a bucket of water and a hose handy.
  • Never attempt to re-light or “fix” fireworks.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets.
  • Fireworks are not toys.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Use only State Fire Marshal approved fireworks

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show.

Fireworks Safety Fact Sheet

List of Communities Permitting State-Approved Fireworks

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor
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