CAL FIRE Tips For The 4th

 

CAL FIRE Tips For The 4th

With the Fourth of July holiday quickly approaching, CAL FIRE is reminding everyone to do their part to prevent fires and injuries caused by fireworks.  Two out of five fires on the 4th of July are caused by fireworks, more than any other cause of fires.  The majority of these incidents are related to either the use of illegal fireworks or state-approved fireworks that are used incorrectly.  Any person who starts a fire from fireworks – even accidentally – can be held liable for the costs of fighting the fire and any resulting property damage.  There are also legal ramifications when it comes to certain types of fireworks.  Possession of illegal fireworks such as 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 can lead to a possible fine of up to $50,000 as well as prison time or jail for up to one year.  Even “Safe and Sane” Fireworks taken into a city or county where they are banned is illegal.  Before purchasing these types of fireworks, be sure to check your local ordinances and follow the instructions to avoid accidents and injuries.  CAL FIRE has already responded to more than 2,135 wildland fires this year (January-June 2017).  Residents are urged to visit ReadyforWildfire.org for tips on how to prepare for wildfire.

 

Written by KVGC Staff

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