The 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. Fireworks that are purchased in any of these cities must  be used within those city limits.  

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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, which include devastating burns, eye injuries, fires, and even death.  

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department recommends the best way to view fireworks is to attend one of the public fireworks displays 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. 

The 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.  

Serving the cities of Buellton, Goleta, and Solvang, and the Communities of Casmalia, Cuyama, Gaviota, Hope Ranch,  Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Mission Canyon, Mission Hills, Orcutt, Santa Maria, Sisquoc, and Vandenberg Village 

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