SAFETY URGED DURING FOURTH OF JULY ACTIVITIES IN PASADENA
PASADENA, Calif.—The Pasadena Fire Department reminds residents and visitors that the best way to celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday with family and friends is by attending a professional fireworks show such as the “Americafest” Celebration at the Rose Bowl, America’s Stadium.
Pasadena Fire Chief Calvin E. Wells reminds residents and visitors alike that the sale and possession of all fireworks is illegal in Pasadena, as they are in most Los Angeles County areas. Violators are subject to arrest, the confiscation and impound of their vehicles, and, if convicted, up to one year in jail and fines up to $50,000.
Due to the risk of fire hazards and injuries, Wells said Pasadena police and fire personnel will staff checkpoints around the Rose Bowl to seize all illegal fireworks and to arrest offenders. In addition, parking enforcement officers will impound vehicles illegally parked in hillside areas surrounding the Rose Bowl.
Fireworks are one of the most risky consumer products, Wells said. Annually, nearly 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Nationally, two of five people injured by fireworks were under the age of 15.
“Even sparklers, which most people consider safe, can reach temperatures of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, can cause serious burns and cause fires,” Wells added.
Prior to this year’s holiday, the Pasadena Fire Department will apply Phos-Chek (fire retardant), which contains phosphates and fertilizers, to brush areas surrounding the Rose Bowl Stadium on June 27. This will help prevent trees and grassland from burning and to revegetate wildland areas that may burn.
“This is a preventive measure for Fourth of July activities and the summer season that the Fire Department has conducted for the past several years,” said Wells.
For more information about fireworks safety and enforcement, contact Pasadena Fire Department at (626) 744-7276. For information about the Americafest Fourth of July celebration, visit www.rosebowlstadium.com or call (626) 577-3101.
For more information about Pasadena, go to www.cityofpasadena.net.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2012 – 034-012
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