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City of Woodland Fire Department 1000 Lincoln Ave. Woodland, CA 95695 Phone: 530-661-5860 Fax: 530-662-5781
Independence Day, unfortunately, is one of the busiest days ofthe year for fire fighters. According to the National Fire ProtectionAssociation (NFPA), more fires are reported on the Fourth of July than on anyother day of the year, and two out of five are fireworks-related incidents. Onaverage, 8,500 fires per year, with an average of $43 million indirect property damage.
The Woodland Fire Department advisesthat the best way to enjoy fireworks and prevent injury is to watch aprofessional show. “Consumer fireworks are dangerous and the risks to personalsafety and the safety of the community are significant,” says Jose Colin,Acting Fire Marshal. As the County Fire continues to char thousands of acres, the Woodland Fire Department hopes that will be a reminder, dissuading residents from igniting illegal fireworks.
According to a 2017 report bythe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in anestimated 11,000 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departmentsannually. Celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks, BBQ's and communityevents can quickly turn to disaster if proper precautions are not taken.
Children are especially atrisk on July 4. Of those injured, 35 percent of victims with fireworks injurieswere under 15. Children should never play with fireworks. Even sparklers canreach 1200º Fahrenheit.
“Only Safe and Sane fireworksare legal in Woodland,” says Colin. All other fireworks are considered “dangerousfireworks” and carry hefty fines for possessing them. Fines for possessingillegal fireworks range from $500 to $1,000 for being caught with up to 25pounds; $1,000 to $5,000 for having 26 pounds to 100 pounds, with finesincreasing up to $50,000 from there.
Please only call 9-1-1 forpotentially life-threatening situations so firefighters are available torespond quickly when lives are in danger. “If you are reporting a noise complaint, please dial 530-666-8920 for all non–life-threateningsituations." Urged Colin
For more information aboutfireworks safety, visit http://www.nfpa.org/fireworks.
Woodland Fire Departmentwishes you a joyous Independence Day.