Fireworks Safety Guide
Fire Danger is High this 4th of July!

Serious injuries and millions of dollars in property loss happen each year from wildfires sparked by fireworks. This year's extreme drought poses a particular threat for devastating wildfires throughout all of California.

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.
 

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Fireworks Safety Tips:
  • Use only State Fire Marshal approved fireworks
  • 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
  • Have a bucket of water and a hose handy


Fireworks Injury Prevention Safety Tips:
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse
  • Back up several feet immediately after lighting fireworks
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Never experiment with fireworks
  • Never attempt to re-light or “fix” fireworks
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets
  • Fireworks are not toys


Know the Law:

Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their
children using fireworks.

View the California Law Summary