File photo: Andrew Goff.

Press release from Calfire:

With the 4th of July, right around the corner it is important to understand the dangers of fireworks. CAL FIRE Humboldt – Del Norte Unit Chief Kurt McCray would like to remind everyone to have a safe holiday, considering the safety of themselves and those around them.

Every year fires are caused by illegal and unsafe use of legal fireworks, endangering members of the public and first responders. Those responsible for starting a fire due to illegal use of fireworks can be held financially and criminally responsible. Possession of illegal fireworks could lead to fines and jail time.

The use and sale of Safe and Sane fireworks is decided by local governments like city councils or county of boards of supervisors. Permitted Safe and Sane fireworks will bear a seal from the Office of the State Marshal. Be sure to check with your local government for specific restrictions in your area and take all precautions when using Safe and Sane fireworks if they are permitted.

Fireworks Safety Tips:

  • Use only State Fire Marshal approved fireworks
  • Local ordinances should be verified before purchasing and/or using fireworks
  • Always read directions
  • Always have an adult present
  • Only use fireworks outdoors
  • Never use fireworks near dry grass or other flammable materials
  • Light one firework at a time
  • Have a bucket of water and a hose nearby

CAL FIRE encourages celebrating by viewing a professionally licensed fire work show. For those using their own fireworks, we urge only the use of Safe and Sane fireworks in a manner that provides for the best safety of persons and minimizes the risk of fire.