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Fourth of July means fundraising time

Fire department encourages fireworks safety
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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For some, the Fourth of July means barbecues, fireworks and a celebration of American freedom with friends and family. For others, it is a time for fundraising. Danielle Meyering runs a fireworks stand for the Rock of Roseville on the corner of Cirby Way and Sunrise Boulevard to help fund the church’s Intern Discipleship Program. “This is an essential part of the fundraising for our program,” Meyering said. “We’re just really blessed to be able to have this opportunity.” The Rock of Roseville’s fireworks stand is the major fundraiser for the two-year internship program, now in its 12th year, in which young people ages 18 to 25 can enroll, live in campus housing and attend classes to solidify their faith, Meyering said. Students have to pay their own tuition for the program and without outside funding, Meyering said, the costs would be much higher. “It makes up a significant part of our budget every year,” she said. “We really need it to continue to function.” Sandra Saraceni, of Friends of Roseville, has been selling fireworks for the past nine years at the same location, the Bel Air shopping center on Cirby Way and Sunrise Boulevard, as the main fundraiser for that group. “We are a government watchdog organization,” Saraceni said. “Our main thing is to keep the public informed of what’s going on in the community with our government.” Friends of Roseville uses the money it makes selling fireworks to help fund its monthly newsletter, to fund local initiatives and to provide scholarships for local students. Saraceni said the majority of her customers like to know what organization she works for and where the money is going. She also said that the two-for-one deals are the most popular. Fireworks safety While the city of Roseville only allows “safe and sane” fireworks within city limits, Jeff Carman of the Roseville Fire Department said the department receives more than 100 calls for fireworks-related incidents each year around the Fourth of July. “Don’t let your guard down just because you’re using safe and sane legal fireworks,” Carman said. “They can have imperfections that cause them to detonate prematurely.” Carman said it is important for people to realize that even safe and sane fireworks burn at extremely hot temperatures and the slightest little bit of contact with them either on the skin or in the eye can result in a burn. He said illegal fireworks, such as sky rockets, bottle rockets, Roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other miscellaneous types that explode, typically don’t meet the standards set by the state of California. “If fireworks are used illegally or in an unsafe manner, they pose a very serious threat to our communities,” said chief Ken Pimlott, director of Cal Fire, in a statement. “The results can be devastating and take critical resources away from other emergencies.” Under California law, those convicted of using illegal fireworks could be fined up to $50,000 and sent to prison or jail for up to one year. With temperatures expected to heat up into near triple digits this weekend, Carman said it is especially important to be extra cautious when using legal fireworks this weekend. He recommends a responsible adult do the lighting, wearing protective eyewear and dunking the used firework in water before putting it in the garbage. “Often times we’ll see fires that result from people putting fireworks that are still burning inside into their garbage can,” Carman said. The city of Roseville will enforce a “zero tolerance” policy regarding illegal fireworks and Placer County is enforcing that policy with the use of any kind of firework, legal or illegal, in any unincorporated areas of the county. These sub-divisions include Morgan Creek, Morgan Greens, Doyle Ranch, Sun Valley, Willow Creek and Sabre City. The city of Roseville recommends those with questions about fireworks, legal or illegal, to call the Roseville Fire Department at (916) 774-5800. Toby Lewis can be reached at tobyl@goldcountrymedia.com.