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Release Date: 06/24/2013 Release Time: 3:27 PM
Contact: Mitch Wesche
Subject: Safe Fourth of July Celebrations
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The City of Riverside Fire Department Supports Fourth of July Celebrations with Caution - Residents Urged to Celebrate Safely

The City of Riverside Fire Department welcomes this upcoming Fourth of July by encouraging safe celebrations and reminding residents that all fireworks are illegal in the City of Riverside. The Fourth of July is a day for celebration, but not at the expense of safety. Residents are encouraged to attend the City's 4th of July Spectacular Aerial Fireworks Shows at La Sierra Park or Mt. Rubidoux. The shows start at 9 pm.

We are increasing our outreach to make certain Riverside residents understand not only that fireworks are illegal but why they are illegal", says Fire Chief Steve Earley. Fireworks cause hundreds of severe injuries in the United States and ignite thousands of destructive fires in California every year.

When most residents think of fireworks, they think of large bottle rockets, roman candles, and firecrackers; however the ban includes sparklers. Sparklers can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. In the United States, approximately half of the fireworks injuries were burns; sparklers, fountains and novelties account for a large number of emergency room fireworks injuries.

Illegal fireworks are the cause of multiple structure, vehicle and wildland fires annually. Current drought conditions and high temperatures in our region pose an extreme threat of catastrophic fire loss. Those responsible for the use of fireworks can be held liable for the damage caused, as well as fire suppression costs. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

For residents who'd like to observe the tradition, champagne party poppers are not considered fireworks and are deemed legal for use in Riverside.

Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July,
City of Riverside Fire Department