Independence Day is right around the corner and Turlock Fire Department has devised a list of safety tips to help you and your families have a safe and sane 4th of July!
In the State of California all legal fireworks must be State Fire Marshal - Approved which can be purchased at authorized booths.
Legal fireworks must be labeled with the State Fire Marshal seal, either on the device itself or on the box it came in.
• Fireworks should always be used with extreme caution and should only be handled by adults.
• Before using any fireworks, read and follow all warnings and instructions printed on the label.
• Fireworks are only to be lit outdoors, in a clear area away from structures (houses, buildings) and flammable materials (gasoline cans, lighter fluid, etc.)
• Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for dousing fireworks that do not ignite.
• Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
• Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
• Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially glass or metal containers.
• Store fireworks in a dry and cool place. Check instructions for special storage directions.
• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
• Only State Fire Marshal approved Safe and Sane Fireworks are allowed.
• Piccolo Pete’s and/or Whistling Pete’s are illegal in the City of Turlock, as are any fireworks that have been modified or altered. This includes fireworks which fly into the air or explode. If you are found with these types of fireworks you may be cited with a misdemeanor or infraction.
For more information, please contact Turlock Fire Department at 209.668.5580
FIREWORKS - SALE/DISCHARGE
The sale and discharge of fireworks is ONLY permitted from noon June 28th till noon on July 6th
Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!!
BEAT THE HEAT - SAFETY TIPS
What to do when the temperature is rising:
. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and strenuous outdoor physical activities…especially in the afternoon…since heat or sun stroke can occur quickly.
. Use sun block and drink plenty of water. Also it is advised to check on those more sensitive to heat…such as the elderly…children…and pets. The hot…dry and breezy weather also increases the fire danger.
Source: National Weather Service Top
Tips for staying cool during intense heat periods:
1.Stay out of the sun Avoid going outside during the hottest part of the day, noon to 4 p.m.
2.Limit your activity Reserve vigorous exercise or activities for early morning or evening.
3.Dress properly Wear a large-brimmed hat and light-colored, light-weight, loose-fitting clothing that breathes. Don't go shirtless--a sweaty shirt will keep you cooler than bare skin.
4.Drink plenty of liquids Fluids help you sweat, which is your body's way of cooling off. Drink lots of water, juice or sports drinks. Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks that promote fluid loss through urination.
5.Avoid hot, heavy meals They increase your metabolism, causing an increase in your body temperature.
6.Keep it cool Set your air conditioner between 75 and 80 degrees F. If you don't have an air conditioner, take a cool bath or shower once or twice a day and visit air-conditioned public places.
For more information go to http://stanemergency.com/content/naturalDisasters/heat.shtm
PRESS RELEASE - 4TH OF JULY
The Turlock Fire Department wants our citizens and community to have a happy and safe July 4th Holiday. We want to remind our citizens that only fireworks with the State of California Fire Marshal approval are legal to use in the City of Turlock. Fireworks that fly into the air or explode are considered illegal and are highly dangerous. The last few years, both the Fire and Police Departments have confiscated a number of illegal fireworks from our citizens. The trend of using illegal fireworks these past few years is definitely on the rise. We want to let our citizens know that both Departments will be on the lookout for illegal fireworks again this year. If a person is caught, they could receive a fine of $1000 dollars. The ongoing drought has contributed to dry trees and bushes that will burn very quickly if fireworks land in or around them. This causes great concern for the Fire Department, and can be easily avoided. Another concern for firefighters is injuries caused by both legal and illegal fireworks.
Our community has been fortunate that none of our citizens have had a serious injury from fireworks in the last few years but on a national level, we are reminded about the dangers of fireworks. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) 2012 Fireworks Annual Report, U.S. hospital emergency rooms saw an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks-related injuries in 2012. In the month around July 4th, almost three out of five (57 percent) of the fireworks injuries were burns, while almost one-fifth (18 percent) were contusions or lacerations. Sparklers, fountains and novelties alone accounted for one-quarter (25 percent) of the emergency room fireworks injuries. Young people pay a particularly high price for fireworks. During the same July period, the risk of injury was highest among those ages 15-24, followed by children under 10. Three out of ten people (30 percent) injured by fireworks were under the age of 15. Males accounted for three-quarters (74 percent) of the injuries overall. On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported U.S. fires, more than any other cause of fire. In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires resulting in 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage. The vast majority of injuries occur without a fire starting. We encourage our community to celebrate our independence and enjoy the holiday. We hope that you will enjoy the fireworks show at Cal State University Stanislaus that will be run by trained pyrotechnic professionals. Most of all, we want our citizens and community to be safe.