While celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, Santa Clara County Fire Department reminds residents to leave fireworks to the professionals.
All fireworks are illegal in Santa Clara County and can result in fires and injuries that are easily preventable. Residents can incur fines for using, possessing, storing or selling illegal fireworks. Santa Clara County's 'social host' Fireworks Ordinance holds property owners responsible for illegal use of fireworks on their property.
This year, Santa Clara County has experienced a significant grass crop that has dried and makes our hillside communities, parks and open spaces susceptible to fires. One spark from a firework could have disastrous consequences. The National Fire Protection Association reports that fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires cause an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage.
Remember, when it comes to fireworks, it's not worth it. Keep your family and neighborhood safe, attend one of the many community fireworks displays throughout the county and enjoy a happy Fourth of July!