Each year in California, thousands of people require emergency treatment for fireworks-related injuries during the month surrounding Independence Day. In addition, the state suffers $43 million annually in property damage from fire and other hazardous impacts caused by improper use of fireworks. Following some simple safety tips, you can avoid injury or fire and continue enjoying this amazing tradition.
Fireworks Can Start Fires
Fireworks are dangerous and can start fires. Take precautions if you must enjoy fireworks this Fourth of July. Always keep water and a bucket nearby in case of an emergency. It’s critical to have something on hand to smother the fire. Remember that they may light up your yard even if you are not lighting fireworks.
California Has Strict Laws Against The Sale And Use Of Illegal Fireworks
California has zero tolerance for the sale and use of illegal fireworks. Illegal fireworks are any fireworks that explode or fly into the air. California law prohibits the use of dangerous fireworks where there is a likelihood that the discharge of the fireworks will injure another person or persons. And it is illegal to discharge fireworks to create chaos, fear, or panic in other people. 
If you’re hosting a fireworks party this Fourth of July, it’s essential to know the law.
Fireworks Safety Tips
- Keep a bucket of water nearby: The best way to prevent fires is never to set off any fireworks in the first place. But if you’re going to light up, you should have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby just in case.
Use fireworks in open areas: Only light them where they won’t hit buildings or trees and start fires. Avoid using fireworks near dry grasses or leaves, as sparks can ignite them. Make sure there are no pets or children who could be hurt by flying debris.
Fireworks Injury Prevention Safety Tips:
Fireworks can be fun, but they are dangerous. For the safety of your family this Fourth of July, here are some helpful tips:
- Wear safety glasses.
- Wear closed-toe shoes.
- Wear long pants and sleeves.
- Stay away from buildings and vehicles near where the fireworks will be set off (in case of an explosion).
- Be very cautious using fireworks
- Prevent children from lighting fireworks
It is extremely important to be very cautious when using fireworks, especially during the Fourth of July. Never use fireworks indoors or in a closed area, as this can cause fires and burn injuries to bystanders who may be in the area during the display. Also, keep water nearby for emergencies.
Remember, state and local laws and regulations govern fireworks use. If you plan to celebrate this summer with fireworks, please read and follow these important safety tips to ensure a safe and happy Fourth of July.
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California Code, Health and Safety Code – HSC § 12680