It’s Warm, It’s Dry, It’s Fourth of July!

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Fireworks near Malibu Pier July Fourth. There was local anxiety that there wouldn't be any fireworks in Malibu this year, as the City of Malibu did not post information until the last minute that two permits for displays had been issued. Photo by James Crowley

As drought conditions worsen and the fire danger escalates, many cities are considering suspending the allowance of Safe and Sane Fireworks sales and discharge for the three-day Fourth of July weekend.  Some cities still allow fireworks and have already started setting up stands to promote sales. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe during the long Fourth of July weekend.

  • Check with your local fire department to see if fireworks are allowed in your community. If they are permitted, always read and follow directions. Use outdoors only. Do not use near grass or other flammable materials. Keep spectators at a safe distance. Never point or throw fireworks at people or objects. Always have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby. Never attempt to re-light or fix fireworks.
  • Keep barbecue grills away from anything that can burn, such as your house, car or dry vegetation. Don’t leave the grill unattended while you’re cooking. Keep children and pets away from the grill. Make sure coals are completely extinguished and cold before disposing of them.
  • While outdoors, stay hydrated and consume a lot of water. Use proper protection when in direct sunlight.
  • Make sure your pets are kept indoors as loud noises can scare them and they can easily run away.

Fire officials recommend leaving the lighting to the professionals and attend a public fireworks show.

Contact your local fire department and visit www.fourthofjulysafety.com for additional safety information.