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Take a moment to consider your pets this Fourth of July. Unlike people, pets don't associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations. Pets are terrified of fireworks, and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce. The busiest day for animal shelters during the year is July 5th.
Both the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and PAW have listed ways you can prevent your holiday celebration from turning into a tragedy. Here are some tips on how to keep your pet from panicking this Fourth of July weekend.
"Safe and sane" generally refers to fireworks that do not fly or explode. Fireworks bearing the "safe and sane" logo may be sold from noon June 28 through noon July 6 every year, unless a local ordinance is adopted and is more restrictive, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Currently, the City of Fillmore is the only city in Ventura County which permits “Safe and Sane” fireworks.
Illegal fireworks include the following, according to CAL Fire:
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 240 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the 4th of July holiday. The most common places to be burned are hands and fingers, with sparklers being the biggest offender, according to a CPSC infographic.
The state of California and the Port Hueneme Police Department have a zero tolerance against illegal fireworks. You will be cited for city ordinance and state law violations. CAL Fire and the State Fire Marshall state, It is illegal to sell, transport, or use fireworks that do not carry the 'safe and sane' seal, as well as possess or use any fireworks in a community where they are not permitted. If convicted, a violator could be fined up to $50,000 as well as sent to jail for up to one year.
It is illegal to sell, transport, or use fireworks that do not carry the 'safe and sane' seal, as well as possess or use any fireworks in a community where they are not permitted. If convicted, a violator could be fined up to $50,000 as well as sent to jail for up to one year.
Over 3,000 nonprofit organizations over California will be selling state-approved fireworks. To do this, they have to apply for a sales permit from local fire department, and then partner with the approved firework companies that set up selling stands. According to state law, firework sales are only allowed between noon June 28th to noon July 6th. The City of Fillmore remains the only city in Ventura County which permits the sales and use of fireworks during these time periods.
A number of professional fireworks shows will be occurring throughout Ventura County. We encourage our citizens to attend the many shows throughout our county including fireworks planned in:
We would like to remind our citizens that the City of Fillmore is the only city you can purchase or use fireworks, of any kind, in the County of Ventura.