Staying Safe This Fourth of July

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As we head towards July, it’s essential to make safety your first priority if you’re planning on celebrating this Fourth of July. As a reminder, the Kershaw Talley Barlow team wants to provide some tips on how to stay safe this holiday.

Handling Fireworks

Depending on where you live, fireworks may or may not be prohibited. In Sacramento County, fireworks sale and use is only limited by law from June 28 to July 4. However, any fireworks that go up in the air or explode are illegal. If you still plan on using on-the-ground fireworks, we recommend following these tips:

  • Never allow children to handle fireworks, have an adult supervise all activities.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors, even sparklers can be dangerous indoors or in the garage.
  • Only use an open space when handling fireworks.
  • If a firework fails to malfunction, do not relight or try to pick it back up.
  • Never point fireworks at another person.
  • Soak fireworks in water for several hours before disposing of them.


The Sacramento County Board of Supervisions recently made a unanimous vote to pass an ordinance that will hold property owners liable for using illegal fireworks on their property. If used the owners will face the following fines:

  • First violation: $1,000
  • Second violation within a year: $2,000
  • Addition violations within a year of the first: up to $5,000
  • Any use within the American River Parkway: $10,000 per violation

It’s essential to also note that those held liable must cover costs related to the response and presence of first responders.

Want to see in-the-air fireworks? Don’t worry, there are plenty of regulated, safe firework shows happening all around the Sacramento area—you can find some shows here.

Stay Safe

The team wants to make sure you have a safe, fun Fourth of July this year. If you have any questions regarding this new ordinance, feel free to call our firm at (916) 520-6639.

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