Boom! Boom! Fireworks sound off in the skies over Santa Ana, CA, and it is only July 1st. Fireworks are legal for personal use in Santa Ana, but banned in several other surrounding cities. With the national holiday quickly approaching, police warn of the dangers of using fireworks in the hopes of preventing accidents and injuries.
July 4th could be in the definition of “summer”. You spend the day at the beach soaking up sunshine with family and friends, but make it home in time to barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs before the fireworks show. Fireworks on the 4th is a longstanding American tradition. Many cities across the country organize spectacular shows for the public. Other cities allow the public sale of “safe and sane” fireworks for personal use so families can celebrate at their homes.
The term safe and sane was created in the early 1960’s and referred to fireworks that did not explode or fly up in the air. They were newly developed products at that time which were believed to be less likely to cause injury to people who used them. The term is still widely used today, but its meaning may vary depending on where you live. It can also be misconceiving. Just because a fireworks product is labeled “safe and sane” does not necessarily mean it is safe to use.
Here is a brief story by NBC Los Angeles Channel 4 News regarding some challenges that local police in Southern California face with the upcoming holiday: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Concerns-Over-Firework-Danger-Heat-Up/213733871
Here are some fireworks safety tips that police and fire recommend following to ensure you and your family have a safe 4th of July:
1. Always be safe
2. Use fireworks in an open space away from building structures and cars
3. Allow plenty of space between spectators and the point of detonation
4. An adult should always supervise children using any type of fireworks product
5. Have the phone numbers to your local police and fire departments readily available in the event of an emergency.