The words alone are making fire officials cringe says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  It will be a long three day 4th of July weekend. As drought conditions worsen and the fire danger escalates many cities are considering, or are moving forward with, suspending the allowance of Safe and Sane Fireworks sales and discharge.  Yet many cities still allow fireworks, and have even begun setting up sales stands early to promote them. Fire officials recommend everyone to attend public fireworks shows, and leave the lighting to the professionals.

“The problem is many cities that ban fireworks are already seeing an influx of illegal fireworks being set off,” says Chief DiGiovanna.

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 them 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 barbeque grills away from anything that can burn, such as your house, car or dry vegetation. Don’t leave the grill unattended while it’s cooking. Keep children and pets away from the grill. Make sure coals are completely extinguished and cold before disposing of them.


While you’re outdoors, keep hydrated and consume lots of water. Avoid direct sun.

Make sure your pets are kept indoors as loud noise scares them and they can easily run away.

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

Drive safe, be safe and Happy 4th of July!

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna