Before the fuse is lit on the fireworks, the Turlock Fire Department is reminding the community to celebrate Independence Day with safety in mind.
The only fireworks that are legal in Turlock are those approved by the State Fire Marshal, which carry the Safe and Sane logo. Piccolo Petes and/or Whistling Petes are illegal in Turlock, as are any fireworks that have been modified or altered. This includes fireworks which fly into the air or explode.
Turlock Fire Chief Tim Lohman said a special task force of fire and police personnel will be deployed to search for illegal fireworks on the Fourth of July.
If a person is caught with illegal fireworks they will be confiscated and a ticket may be issued.
With the weather forecast of temperatures in the mid to upper 90s and low humidity, the fire department is issuing the warning that all fireworks could pose a potential danger.
A citizen who wants to report illegal fireworks can call 668-1200 and provide information to the dispatch center.
Other fire work safety tips from the Turlock Fire Department include:
• 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.