Fireworks Safety Tips
Fourth of July fireworks are a favorite Folsom tradition, but did you know more fires are reported on this day than on any other day of the year in the United States? Nearly half of these fires are caused by fireworks.
The good news is you can enjoy the festivities and fireworks with just a few simple safety tips:
- Be sure to purchase “Safe and Sane” fireworks that bear the State Fire Marshal’s seal. Fireworks that explode or leave the ground are illegal in California.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Read and follow all directions.
- When using legal fireworks, only set them off outdoors, in a clear area, away from homes, dry leaves, or grass and other flammable materials.
- Supervise children and be sure other people are out of range before lighting.
- Always have a bucket of water for disposal of fireworks and a hose connected to water in case of fire.
- Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
- Know that use of fireworks on all bike trails and open spaces in the city is prohibited.
- All fireworks are prohibited in all city-owned properties and parks except at the Lembi Community Park parking lot.
Information provided by Sacramento County
- Resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays. You’re asking for trouble, as most pets have a very strong fear of loud, sudden noises which are likely to evoke their “flight or fight mode.” Fireworks can cause true terror in a pet.
- Keep pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area, or run the TV or music to drown out outside sounds. Remove any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful if chewed.
- Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.
- Make sure your pets are wearing their licenses – even if you’re “sure” they can’t get out. Animals with tags can be returned promptly. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.
- If you plan to go away for the holiday weekend, ensure your pet’s safety by boarding them with your vet’s office or a boarding kennel. If you use a pet-sitter, be sure they also know how to protect your pet during from escaping your yard or home, or becoming injured during July 4th activities.
- If you know your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.