San Ramon Valley Firefighters remind residents that the individual possession or use of fireworks is illegal in Contra Costa County.
SAN RAMON, CA - With the 4th of July fast approaching, the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is encouraging residents to attend one of the spectacular public fireworks displays staged by professionals and remind residents that the individual possession or use of fireworks is illegal in Contra Costa County.
Fire Marshal, Christina Kiefer, stated, "In 2013, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that sparklers alone accounted for 41% of the emergency room fireworks injuries and sparklers accounted for four out of five of the injuries to children under five. The national statistics for fires and injuries are discouraging and completely preventable."
The NFPA also reports that fireworks cause an average of 20,000 fires per year. Fires that start from fireworks are a significant threat to our community, especially this year with our current drought conditions. San Ramon Valley Firefighters responded to a vegetation fire located in San Ramon on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 11:00 p.m. Safe and Sane Fireworks were determined to be the cause of the fire.
Residents need to be aware that fireworks can easily ignite vegetation and quickly start a structure on fire. Residents are reminded that a person, who starts a fire from fireworks, even if it is done accidentally, can be held criminally liable and financially responsible for the firefighting costs and damage to the property.
Fire District personnel will be patrolling and responding to calls for illegal use and possession of fireworks. All fireworks found will be confiscated and anyone in possession or engaged in the use of fireworks could be fined up to $1,000.
The Fourth of July is a wonderful American tradition and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District encourages residents to celebrate safely and let the pros put on the shows.
There are several professional firework shows throughout the Bay Area; locally you can catch a spectacular areal display at the Alameda County Fair.
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is an internationally-accredited special district that provides fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, the City of San Ramon, the southern area of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley, in Northern California (Contra Costa County). The District's service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles and serves a population of 170,000.