Cal Fire warns of fires, in­juries caused by fire­works

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SACRA­MENTO — With In­de­pen­dence Day just days away, Cal Fire is ask­ing peo­ple to do their part to pre­vent fires and in­juries caused by fire­works.

Two out of five fires on July 4 each year 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 in­cor­rectly us­ing le­gal fire­works.

“Un­der­stand­ing the dan­gers as­so­ci­ated with the use of il­le­gal fire­works, or mis­use of le­gal fire­works, is crit­i­cal to keep ev­ery­one safe dur­ing the hol­i­day,” said Chief Ken Pim­lott, Cal Fire di­rec­tor.

“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 po­ten­tially re­sult in a fine of up to $50,000 as well as prison time or jail for up to one year.

“Safe and sane” fire­works are al­lowed in Lodi — but only on July 4. State fire of­fi­cials urge ev­ery­one to care­fully fol­low in­struc­tions to avoid ac­ci­dents and in­juries.

“Please cel­e­brate the hol­i­day safely,” State Fire Mar­shal Den­nis Mathisen said. “If you choose to use fire­works, make sure they are the ‘safe and sane’ and not the il­le­gal va­ri­ety. Re­mem­ber, if it flies in the air or ex­plodes, it is il­le­gal.”

Here are a few tips to help you be safe this July 4:

• Buy only “safe and sane,” le­gal fire­works.

• Have a bucket of wa­ter and a hose handy in case of a fire.

• Al­ways read di­rec­tions and have an adult present. Par­ents are li­able for any dam­age or in­juries caused by their chil­dren us­ing fire­works.

• Use fire­works out­doors only.

• Use com­mon sense and keep a safe dis­tance.

• Never at­tempt to re-light or “fix” fire­works.

• Sparklers can reach tem­per­a­tures of more than 1,000 de­grees; don’t give them to chil­dren.

Cal Fire has al­ready re­sponded to more than 2,135 wild­land fires in 2017.

For more in­for­ma­tion or tips on pre­par­ing for wild­fires, visit

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