State Fire Officials Fourth of July Safety Message

For Immediate Release: June 30, 2017

Caley Fisher, Public Information Officer, 720-391-1565

State Fire Officials Fourth of July Safety Message

As Independence Day rapidly approaches, the Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.

DFPC reminds the public to follow all safety precautions if you plan on using fireworks at home. As we all know, fireworks can be dangerous especially when fire conditions are extreme. As we are in Colorado’s core fire season, the wildland urban interface communities are particularly threatened by wildfires. Current conditions include a lack of moisture, distressed vegetation, extreme fire weather (Red Flag warnings), overgrown and beetle killed forests. These conditions need only an ignition source in order for a disaster to occur.

This is why DFPC is urging citizens to attend professional public displays instead of using consumer (those designed for personal use) fireworks. Professional displays are a safe way for the public to enjoy fireworks because they are carefully monitored by the appropriate authorities. Additionally, check your local fire restrictions and ensure that any type of consumer fireworks used comply with state laws.

Please visit the State of Colorado website with the latest fire restrictions statewide: Interactive Fire Ban Map Information. 

Recommended Safety Tips

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels before igniting.
  • A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. 
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

For more safety tips, visit the DFPC Fireworks Safety webpage at https://goo.gl/TQPkGs

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