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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, June 29, 2015

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. June 29, 2015 - Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds the public
that all fireworks, including the so-called safe and sane variety, are illegal in all unincorporated
areas of Santa Barbara County including the Cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Buellton
and Solvang. Safe and Sane fireworks are allowed within the city limits of Santa Maria, Guadalupe
and Lompoc.
Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using illegal
fireworks. On average, 32,000 fires occur and 9,300 injuries result from fireworks nationally
according to the National Fire Protection Association. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people
understand the associated risks - devastating burns, eye injuries, fires and even death can occur.
Santa Barbara County Fire Department recommends the best way to view fireworks is to attend one
of the public fireworks display conducted by professional pyrotechnicians hired by local
communities.
The following tips will help make the display more enjoyable to the public, as well as make the
display as safe as possible.
Resist any temptation to get close to the actual firing site. In fact, the best viewing is from a
quarter mile away.
Pets have very sensitive ears and the booms and bangs associated with a fireworks display can be
quite uncomfortable-particularly to dogs. Leave pets at home if you are planning on attending a
fireworks show.
Although it rarely happens, it is possible that a firework component might fall to the ground without
exploding. The public should be cautioned not to touch these fireworks and contact your local fire
department.
Santa Barbara County Fire Department urges the public to enjoy public displays of fireworks
conducted by trained professionals and have an enjoyable and safe Fourth of July.

Contact

Captain Dave Zaniboni
Information Officer
Office 805- 681-5531
Cell 805-689-0599
News Line 805-681-5546
Email david.zaniboni@sbcfire.com
Twitter @SBCFireInfo

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