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For Immediate Release

County of Sonoma Reminds Residents About
Use and Dangers of Fireworks in Advance of Fourth of July

Santa Rosa, CA  –  July 2, 2018  –  Summer in Sonoma County is officially underway which means increased outdoor activities, with the Fourth of July being no exception. Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services wants to remind residents and visitors that all fireworks are illegal in unincorporated Sonoma County.

“With the hot weather we’ve had recently, the dry vegetation out there is especially susceptible to sparks of any kind, including from fireworks,” said Sonoma County Fire Marshal, Chief James Williams. “The wind can carry a spark further than you think. We’d like people to have fun without putting others at risk.”

Despite the high fire danger during the hot and dry season, few people understand or respect the associated risks such as devastating skin burns, severe injuries to eyes, ears and extremities, structure fires, and wildland fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. Additionally, in 2017, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks related injuries.

CAL FIRE is asking all Californians to help prevent wildfires caused from fireworks by taking the following actions:

  • Check that fireworks are allowed in the area of use
  • Make sure the firework has the State Fire Marshal Safe and Sane seal
  • Purchase only from legitimate organizations authorized to sell
  • Have a bucket of water, sand or garden hose available at firing site
  • Read all instructions before use
  • Dispose of used fireworks in water
  • Never alter, modify or enhance fireworks

Make sure fireworks have proper clearance from flammable materials including dry grass and brush

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Jim Colangelo
Interim Department Director
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Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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