4th of July Fireworks Safety Tips!


From the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Los Angeles City Fire Department: 4th of July Safety Tips for Independence Day.

The sale and use of Safe and Sane fireworks in your community may be prohibited by local ordinance (check with your local fire department). If they are allowed, Safe and Sane fireworks can only be purchased from a State Fire Marshal licensed retail stand from noon on June 28th to noon on July 6th.

M80 Wheel

(Note to parents:) If your child has any fireworks prior to June 28th, the items are probably illegal and dangerous and should be turned over to your fire department or local police agency!

It is against the law to use, possess, store or sell “illegal fireworks”. State law provides for a fine of at least $500 and/or a year in jail upon conviction for violating fireworks laws. Some violations are a felony! Fireworks cause many burns, injuries and fires. Violators can be held responsible for damages, as well as having to pay a fine and/or go to jail.

Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks. Look for the “Safe and Sane” seal on all fireworks like the one pictured here.

ILLEGAL FIREWORKS: Any item that explodes, rises in the air or moves about the ground or any fireworks which is not approved and labeled “Safe and Sane” by the State Fire Marshal, is illegal in
California. The following are examples of illegal fireworks and should not be used.

Sky Rockets
Bottle Rockets
Roman Candles
Sky Rockets/ Mortars
M-100 M-80
Cherry Bombs Palomitas
Fire Crackers Helicopters

The Los Angeles County Fire Department suggests that you visit one of the many professional fireworks shows in your area and always use caution when using “Safe and Sane” fireworks at home.

(If you are in one of the few communities where they are legal)


· Always read directions and use common sense
· Have an adult present
· Use outdoors only – away from buildings, vehicles, dry grass and other
flammable objects
· Light one at a time, then move away quickly
· Keep others at a safe distance
· Never point or throw fireworks at another person
· Never alter or take apart
· Do not give to young children under any circumstances
· Have a bucket of water handy for emergencies and for dousing misfired and
spent fireworks
· Never attempt to re-light or fix malfunctioning fireworks

For more information visit the web site of the Los Angeles County Fire Department at http://www.fire.lacounty.gov

Sponsored by:
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department,
Los Angeles Police Department,
Los Angeles Fire Department,
Los Angeles County Fire Department,
Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department,
MySafe:LA, and
The Children’s Burn Foundation.