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Focus: Fire Safety

CALFIRE fire safety

Public Urged to Use Extreme Caution Due to Drought Conditions

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: Watsonville is the only city in Santa Cruz County, Gilroy is the only city in Santa Clara County, Pacifica and San Bruno are the only cities in San Mateo County that allow fireworks.


CAL FIRE Offers Fireworks Safety This Fourth of July

  • First check that fireworks are allowed in the area of use
  • Make sure the firework has the State Fire Marshal "Safe and Sane" seal
  • Purchase only from legitimate organizations authorized to sell
  • Have a bucket of water, sand or garden hose available at firing site
  • Read all instructions before use
  • Never alter, modify or enhance fireworks use only in the manner intended
  • Make sure fireworks have proper clearance from flammable materials including dry grass and brush

For more tips on Home Fire Safety check your local fire agency under the subject of Fire Prevention Information.

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