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Celebrate responsibly: Prevent firework incidents


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Fireworks are illegal in certain areas of California, because each year serious injuries and millions of dollars in property damage occur from wildfires sparked by fireworks. Large grass crops and dry vegetation increase the threat for devastating fires throughout all of California.

Remember fireworks spark fires: Check your local laws and ordinances to find out if fireworks are legal where you live, or if certain “Safe and Sane” fireworks are permitted.

Firework safety tips

From selection to ignition, practicing fireworks safety measures is crucial to prevent accidental wildfires.

  • California has zero tolerance for the sale and use of illegal fireworks. Illegal fireworks include:
    • Sky rockets
    • Bottle rockets
    • Roman candles
    • Aerial shells
    • Firecrackers
    • Other fireworks that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner
  • It is illegal to sell, transport, or use fireworks that do not carry the “Safe and Sane” seal, and it is illegal to possess or use any fireworks in a community where they are not permitted.
  • If convicted, a violator could be fined up to $50,000, be sent to jail for up to one year, or both.
  • There are nearly 300 California communities that allow “Safe and Sane” fireworks. View a list of retail booth cities and counties here.
  • Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.

The Office of State Fire Marshal requires the licensing of all pyrotechnic operators, fireworks manufacturers, importer-exporters, wholesalers, retailers, and public display companies. View the Fireworks Program.

  • 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
  • During this drought it is recommended that you use a bucket of gray/reused water to submerge your firework after it is used to fully extinguish it.

  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse
  • Back up several feet immediately after lighting a firework
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Never experiment with fireworks
  • Never attempt to re-light or “fix” fireworks
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing while lighting fireworks
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets
  • Fireworks are not toys

Download our 4th of July fireworks safety guide

Access our tailored tips for a safe and enjoyable 4th of July celebration. Prevent wildfire risks while enjoying the festivities with peace of mind.

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