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Firework Safety - Fire Danger is extremely high

Post Date:06/29/2020

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Firework Tips and Safe Practices

With July approaching, many are preparing to celebrate the 4th and 24th with family and friends and outdoor celebrations. This is a great time of year for barbeques, campfires and firework displays. Given our current restrictions on large gatherings, many of the summer festivals have been postponed, including the always popular firework shows. Though some of these may still be occurring, many will choose to celebrate the holidays with fireworks of their own.

 If you choose to do so, we have a few recommendations that we ask you to follow:

 Safety Considerations

  • Be sure you are in an area that allows for the use of fireworks. Maps can be found both on the Cottonwood Heights and Unified Fire Authority websites, as well as anywhere that sells fireworks.
  • Always supervise children around ALL fireworks and similar products.

    *Sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees and account for more than 25% of ER visits associated with fireworks. For children under 5 years of age that jumps to nearly half of all firework related injuries.

  • Ensure that you are on a paved and level surface, safely distanced from any spectators or prone areas (dry unkept vegetation, homes, vehicles, etc.)
  • Always use eye protection
  • Always soak spent fireworks in a bucket of water for several hours before discarding; have a garden hose or water source close by
  • Always properly dispose of used fireworks in a fire safe container, after they have cooled. Place these containers away from your home or any building
  • Never relight or handle misfunctioning fireworks
  • Never use fireworks while impaired
  • When possible and always best, enjoy the shows but on by your local professionals

 Regulations

  • Fireworks can be used July 2-5, and July 22-25, 11:00am-11:00pm (until midnight on the 4th and 24th)
  • Understand that even during these times of legal use, there are many areas of Salt Lake County where they are totally prohibited. This includes many peripheral benches, but also several islands of prone area within the valley itself. It is up to the public to know if they are in an area of legal use or not(fines may be as high as $1,000).
  • To ensure that you are using Utah state approved fireworks, only use items purchased from an approved in-state vendor.

It is important to remember these restricted areas are prone to wildfires and other threats to public safety. Any time you witness or have an emergency please contact 9-1-1, know your address and help will be sent right away. We encourage you to celebrate and have a fun July, but please do so safely.

To view the Unified Fire Authority Virtual Fireworks Restriction Map, click here: 

https://unifiedfire.org/maps/2020-fireworks-restriction/

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