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City View: Celebrate safely on Independence Day

By: Rob Baquera, city of Roseville
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Each year in the United States, we celebrate Independence Day with community parades, picnics and barbeques. But did you know that more fires are reported on Fourth of July than on any other day of the year? Nearly half of these fires are caused by fireworks. Be safe and enjoy your holiday and the fireworks with the following simple safety tips:

Use safe and sane fireworks

  • Discharge of safe and sane fireworks is legal in the city of Roseville from noon June 28 until midnight July 4
  • Legal fireworks must be State Fire Marshall approved
  • Legal fireworks are available for purchase at fireworks stands approved by the Roseville Fire Department
  • Possessing or using illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor

Keep you, your family and your neighborhood safe

  • Always have an adult present
  • Use fireworks outdoors only
  • Use fireworks in areas with hard surfaces
  • Have a bucket of water and hose on-hand to store extinguished fireworks
  • Let extinguished fireworks soak in a bucket of water overnight
  • Do not drink alcohol while using fireworks
  • Keep a close watch on children and pets. Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children.
  • Sparklers reach a temperature of 1200 degrees Fahrenheit
  • If a burn occurs, treat with cool water and gauze. If the burn blisters, seek medical help.

Illegal fireworks

  • Any firework that is not California State Fire Marshal approved is illegal
  • If it goes up in the air, darts across the ground or explodes, it's illegal
  • Examples of illegal fireworks include: cherry bombs, M-80s, M-100s, firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells and mortars.

The city of Roseville encourages everyone to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday safely and urges citizens to consider enjoying fireworks at public display shows. Fireworks of any kind can cause injuries and/or property damage. Visit www.roseville.ca.us/fireworks for additional information.

City View is provided by the city of Roseville. Rob Baquera is the Public Safety Community Relations Coordinator for the police and fire departments.