Fourth of July Safety

SANTA BARBARA, CA – July 2, 2014

Fireworks are spectacular to watch, but can be extremely dangerous in the hands of amateurs. When celebrating the Fourth of July or other outdoor events, the Santa Barbara City Fire Department would like to remind residents and visitors alike that all fireworks are illegal in the city, including the so called “safe and sane” variety such as sparklers. Sparklers can heat up to 1200°F, and can pose a serious danger when they come in contact with a person’s skin or combustibles such as clothing and dry vegetation.

Statistics from the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show that fireworks annually cause tens of millions of dollars in property damage and thousands of injuries, as well as some deaths. Injuries from the intense heat of fireworks, typically harming the eyes, head, hands, arms or legs, can cause blindness, lacerations, amputations and burns. Some burns leave lifetime disfiguring scars. Children are at the greatest risk from fireworks, whether as spectators or active participants.

Please be safe this holiday season, enjoy the public display on the beach and remember: Fireworks are illegal and will result in a citation and confiscation.


Joseph J. Poiré, Fire Marshal
Santa Barbara City Fire Department
Fire Prevention Bureau
121 W. Carrillo Street
Santa Barbara, Ca. 93101
(805) 564-5702
Fax (805) 564 5715

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