With the Fourth of July about a month away, many are already planning their Independence Day celebrations.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 fires last Independence Day. That number includes 1,200 structural fires and 400 vehicle fires. These fires resulted in approximately eight reported civilian deaths, 40 injuries, and $32 million in direct property damage, the NFPA says.
To make every Turlock Fourth of July party as safe as possible, the Turlock Fire Department has some firework safety tips:
- Use only State Fire Marshal-approved fireworks. Legal fireworks must be labeled with the State Fire Marshal seal on either the device or the box it came in.
- Use common sense, and always read and follow the directions on each firework before using it.
- Always observe local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Have a responsible adult present whenever fireworks are used.
- Never point or throw fireworks at anyone.
- Only use fireworks outdoors, and away from homes, dry grass, or trees. Never use fireworks in an enclosed area.
- Light only one firework at a time and always keep a safe distance.
- Never experiment with, or alter a firework.
- Never carry fireworks in your pockets.
- Put used fireworks in a bucket of water and have a garden hose nearby to extinguish flames if necessary.
There may be more Turlock celebrations this year, since Don Pedro’s annual Fourth of July firework show will not be held this year. For those staying in Turlock, the annual Downtown Turlock Independence Day Parade, Street Fair, and Car Show begins at 10 a.m. Friday.