Fire Marshal’s Tips for Fireworks Safety

Although there are many places in California that have banned personal firework use, choosing to pay for a large public fireworks display instead, there are state-approved fireworks for sale in some cities.

And although there are hard statistics that show that these fireworks reduce the number of injuries, it is only prudent to nevertheless address fireworks safety for Orange County residents.

And this especially goes for all of you out there with illegal fireworks, which are much more hazardous than the state-approved variety. The state-approved fireworks don’t explode, go up in the air or move around on the ground uncontrollably. Yes, we can hear the collective “Awwww!” going up as you read this, but many cities in California have reported a staggering reduction of firework-related fires, and in some cases finding no fires or injuries as a result of allowing state-approved fireworks.

And injuries are not funny at all, mainly because most injuries happen to kids under the age of 19. The hands, eyes, and face are the areas usually injured, and one-third of eye injuries from fireworks result in blindness.

And parents, before you tell us that you can’t control what your kids do, please remember that this year the law will be holding YOU responsible if your minor children are caught with illegal fireworks!

So here are the official safety tips from the Office of the California State Fire Marshal:

  • Buy only State Fire Marshal-approved (Safe and Sane) fireworks. They must have the State Fire Marshal’s seal on them and can only be purchased at licensed fireworks stands.
  • Always read directions.
  • Always have an adult present.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Never use near dry grass or other flammable materials.
  • Light one at a time.
  • Use common sense and keep a safe distance.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never experiment with fireworks.
  • Have a bucket of water and a hose handy.
  • Never attempt to re-light or “fix” fireworks.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing that could catch fire.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets.
  • Fireworks are not toys! Don’t let children handle them.
  • Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their minor children using fireworks.

Next week we’ll give you a rundown of fireworks-friendly cities in Orange County.

If you experience fire or water damage in your Orange County home, please contact us immediately after emergency services. The longer you wait, the greater the damage and cost will be.

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