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 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

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.”




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