Scottsdale fire marshal: Leave fireworks to the pros

Every year, fire departments brace for the possibility of fires and injuries caused by fireworks.

This year’s dry and hot conditions across the Valley and the allowance of certain consumer fireworks from June 24 to July 6 has Scottsdale Fire Department on high alert.

“We suggest that you take advantage of the numerous professional fireworks shoots and family events, while at the same time resisting the temptation to take the risk and liability of putting on your own neighborhood fireworks shows,” stated Scottsdale Fire Marshal Jim Ford, in a press release. “In most communities, you can be held responsible in the event that you start a fire by using consumer fireworks.”

If residents decide to use consumer fireworks, they are encouraged to understand exactly what the rules are for using these devices, stated the release.

“According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, at least 40 percent of the injuries suffered each year occur to children that are 15-years-old or younger,” stated Mr. Ford. “Innocent-looking sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees and can easily cause the most damage. There really are no ‘safe and sane’ fireworks.”

In Scottsdale, fireworks are not allowed on city property or within one mile of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which includes Pinnacle Peak Park, according to the release. The preserve will be closed at 3 p.m. on July 4, stated the release.

For more information about the use of fireworks, House Bill 2008 and the City of Scottsdale Ordinance, visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov and search “fireworks.”

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