The Fourth of July is a time for celebrating the birth of our country with barbecues, picnics, parades and good times with family and friends. For many of us, celebrating the Fourth of July is also synonymous with watching fireworks displays and maybe even setting off a few of our own. When enjoyed responsibly, fireworks can be great fun for the whole family. However, fireworks accidents are also responsible for hundreds of injuries every Independence Day, and can also start dangerous fires. This year's extreme drought poses a particular threat for devastating wildfires.
Here are a few tips to help you and your family enjoy fireworks safely this Fourth of July:
- Use only State Fire Marshal approved fireworks, and check local ordinances before purchasing and/or using.
- Fireworks should only be used outdoors, and NEVER near dry grass or other flammable materials. In these drought conditions, the ground is extremely dry, and even "Safe and Sane" fireworks can present a fire risk.
- Have a bucket of water and a hose handy in case of mishap or fire.
- Children should never be allowed to ignite or play with fireworks. An adult should always be present. Even "safe" fireworks for children such as Sparklers burn at temperatures of 2,000° and can cause injury.
- Fireworks should only be lit one at a time and the person lighting them should immediately move away from the firework after lighting it.
- No one should ever try to pick up or re-ignite a firework that did not ignite properly or fully the first time around.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
Have a fantastic Fourth of July! If you have additional questions or any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my Stockton District Office at (209) 948-7930 or Modesto District Office at (209) 576-6273.
Senator, District 5