Posted on: June 30, 2017

Fireworks and Safe July 4th Holiday

Central Fire Protection District would like to remind everyone to be fire safe when celebrating Independence Day. We encourage you and your families to observe these safety tips:

  1. First of all – observe local laws regarding fireworks. Fireworks are illegal within most areas of Santa Cruz County.                     
  2. Don’t allow young children to play with fireworks under any circumstances.
  3. Keep fireworks away from dry leaves, grass and combustible materials (including clothing).
  4. Never point or throw fireworks at anyone.
  5. Don’t experiment with homemade fireworks.
  6. Don’t stand near or over fireworks when they are lit. Watch from a safe distance.
  7. Keep a fire extinguisher or garden hose accessible.
  8. Don’t relight used or malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them in water and dispose of them.

Young children suffer the majority of burn injuries caused by fireworks. Mishandled fireworks cause millions of dollars in property damage every year and are often identified as the cause of accidental fires. For more information, contact your local fire department. For enforcement of fireworks violations, contact your local law enforcement agency.

Please be aware that Central Fire Protection District will not accept exploded or un-exploded fireworks for disposal.  If you wish to dispose of exploded or un-exploded fireworks, please call CAL FIRE in Felton at 831-335-5355 for disposal instructions.

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