Fireworks safety key on Independence Day

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With the Fourth of July Sunday, firework stands have popped up throughout Rocklin offering everything from kits, individual sparklers or finale sets. Booths will be open through July 4. In Rocklin, safe and sane fireworks are legal, but can still be dangerous. To stay safe, follow these tips: • Make sure that your fireworks are legal. • Only buy fireworks from reliable sources that are licensed by the state fire marshal. • Do not use alcohol while lighting or handling fireworks. • Use common sense and read all label instructions. • Keep unused fireworks away from live fireworks firing areas. • Never set off fireworks in or near a field or in an area of dry grass.  • Store fireworks in a dry, cool place and check instructions for special storage directions. • Older children should be closely supervised, and younger children should not be allowed to use fireworks. Even “safe” fireworks like sparklers burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing. Do not allow any running or horseplay. • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from anything flammable, including houses, vehicles and shrubbery. • Make sure water is on hand to douse any sparks or fireworks that do not properly ignite. Place all used fireworks in a bucket filled with water, and make sure they are thoroughly soaked before disposing of them. • Never point or throw fireworks at anyone. • Never explode fireworks inside a container. • Never relight fireworks that have gone out or malfunctioned. • Light one firework at a time, and use protective eyewear. • Do not have any portion of your body over a firework you are lighting. • Be very cautious of lighting fireworks during windy conditions. ~Tips from Rocklin Fire Chief Bill Mikesell