from the Altadena Sheriff Station
The Altadena Sheriff's Station reminds all residents and visitors that the best way to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with family and friends is by attending professional fireworks shows such as Americafest at the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium.
The sale or possession of all fireworks is illegal in Altadena. Violators are subject to confiscation and impound of vehicles; up to one year in jail and fines up to $50,000. Call Altadena Sheriff's at (626) 798-1131 to report illegal fireworks.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department wants to remind everyone that the use of fireworks not only causes fires, but results in severe injuries and burns.
Altadena Sheriff's Captain John Benedict urges everyone to make safety a priority onJuly 4th.
Even sparklers, which many people consider safe, can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, causing serious burns and starting fires. Adults normally don’t allow their children to get near anything that hot, but for some reason they think it’s acceptable to put sparklers in the hands of little ones on the Fourth of July.
Statistics show fireworks are among the most risky of consumer products. Nearly 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms every year and two of five people injured by fireworks are under 15 years old. The most current statistics from the National Fire Protection Association show that in 2009 more than nine out of 10, or 92 percent, of all fireworks-related injuries treated in hospitals were caused by fireworks that are allowed for consumer use by federal or state regulations.
NOTE TO PARENTS: If your child has any fireworks prior to June 28th, the items are probably illegal and dangerous and should be
turned over to your fire department or local police agency!
Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.
For more information visit the web site of the Los Angeles County Fire Department athttp://www.fire.lacounty.gov