You Light It, We Write It" Fireworks Safety
The Kern County Fire Department and the Kern County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce are teaming up once again this Fourth of July season to prevent the possession and use of illegal ﬁreworks in Kern County. Special teams will be out patrolling and taking action against those who violate the law, speciﬁcally possession and use of illegal ﬁreworks.
The possession and use of illegal ﬁreworks poses a great safety risk to those who store them, handle them and light them. The intention of our “You Light It, We Write It” campaign, is to educate the community on the dangers and ﬁnes that are associated with using illegal ﬁreworks. Illegal ﬁreworks can cause great bodily injury and death. The ﬁnes begin at $1500 for the ﬁrst violation, $2000 for the second violation and $2500 for the third.
Communities in the Wildland Urban areas within Kern County such as Lake Isabella, the Kern River Valley, Frazier Park and Tehachapi Areas, the use of “Safe and Sane” ﬁreworks are NOT permitted. The use of any ﬁrework including “Safe and Sane” ﬁreworks in these areas is prohibited as it endangers residents, homes and entire communities.
The Kern County Board of Supervisors enacted the social host liability ordinance for ﬁreworks in 2015. This ordinance states that if illegal ﬁreworks are possessed, manufactured, discharged, stored or sold on his/her private or commercial property, the owner or tenant of that property is liable and will be cited. More information on this ordinance can be found on the Kern County Fire Department’s www.YouLightItWeWriteIt.com website.
The Kern County Fire Department encourages residents to use “Safe and Sane” legal ﬁreworks within the approved time lines. The use of “Safe and Sane” ﬁreworks, reduces the threat of injury or threat of ﬁre when used properly. Taking safety precautions such as having a hose or bucket of water for expired ﬁreworks, lighting “Safe and Sane " ﬁreworks in areas clear of dry grass, bushes fences and buildings, and keeping children clear of the lighting area. The use of “Safe and Sane” ﬁreworks are permitted on private property only. Details of ﬁnes and penalties, ordinances and time frames for the use of “Safe and Sane” ﬁreworks can be found at www.YouLightItWeWriteIt.com.
Taking precautions for the safety of your animals during the Fourth of July holiday is vital. Kern County Animal Services Director Nick Cullen ”Animal Services encourages animal owners to take the appropriate measures to ensure your family pets are safe and sound during the July 4th holiday. An unfortunate result of ﬁrework activity every year is an increase in the number of calls received for injured, loose, and lost animals.”
Please join us at Kern County Fire Station 42 at Niles and Fairfax, Monday, June 6th, at 10:00am for our “You Light It, We Write It” press conference.”