The Bakersfield FIRE Department Reminds City Residents to Have a Safe 4th of July Holiday
It would be hard to imagine July 4th festivities in Bakersfield without public displays of fireworks. But
celebrations can become tragic when someone is injured or fire erupts. Despite regulations on the type of fireworks available for sale to the general public, even those fireworks that are sold legally carry an elevated risk of personal injury and property damage.
Fireworks can only be purchased within the City limits from 12:00 pm July 1 through 12:01 am July 5.
Remember, most accidents involve children ages 5 to 14, so close supervision is a must. Always read directions and follow these safety rules:
✚ Always have an adult present
✚ Always ignite outdoors away from people, structures, vehicles, dry grass or other combustibles
✚ Never alter or disassemble fireworks
✚ Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks or light ones that have loose fuses or leaking powder
✚ Never allow small children to ignite or handle fireworks, and keep animals away from fireworks
✚ Never throw fireworks at another person or animal
✚ Never carry fireworks in your pocket
✚ Always keep a water source nearby
To be legal in California, all fireworks must have the State of California Fire Marshal’s seal and the slogan, “Safe and Sane.” All others, including “Safe and Sane” that have been modified in any manner, are illegal.
REMINDER: All Piccolo Pete or other whistling-type fireworks, aerial fireworks, and Ground Bloom-type fireworks are illegal for sale or use in the City of Bakersfield. For more information please visit www.bakersfieldfire.us
IF AN ITEM DOES NOT BEAR THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL SEAL, IT IS ILLEGAL!
Contact: BFD Public Information @ (661) 326-3688 for additional information.