Redding Fire Urges Caution, Safety During Fourth Holiday

Redding Fire Department (RFD) is urging City residents to be extra careful during a Fourth ofJuly holiday that will be marked by extreme heat and humidity and high fire danger.

The first half ofthe year has been one ofthe driest in the area in the past 50 years, with fuel moisture levels like those normally not experienced until late August. As a result, fireworks ofany type pose an extreme fire danger. The possession, transportation, and utilization ofall fireworks including consumer fireworks identified as “Safe and Sane”, are prohibited in the City ofRedding and Shasta County. Damage and injuries as a result
ofthe illegal use offireworks can result in citations and fines ofup to $1,000 andlor imprisonment, along with payment ofcosts relating to suppression and damages.

Fire officials urge residents to attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.

Here are other tips from RFD for making the Fourth ofJuly holiday safe:

Heat Safety – An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect through the holiday. Limit outdoor activities; drink plenty ofwater to remain hydrated. ‘Check on those who may have limited access. Additional information can be found on the City Fire Department web site.

Barbecue Safety – Never leave a grill unattended and place the grill well away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Don’t use or store a barbecue on a porch or balcony. Keep children and pets away from the grill area.

It is important to enforce a three-foot “kid-free zone” around the grill. Use long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames when cooking food. Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill. Additional safety information on propane and charcoal grills can be found on the Department web site.

Water Safety – Safety on local rivers, lakes and pools is important. The Sacramento River draws its water from the bottom of Lake Shasta and maintains a summertime temperature of approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit in the Redding area. This temperature can result in a rapid onset of hypothermia even on days of excessive-heat warnmgs.

Even the most experienced swimmers can be affected by the cold water temperatures, so when rafting or floating on local rivers or lakes, always wear a U.S. Coast Guard­approved personal flotation device (PFD). Additional water safety information is available on the Department web site.

For more information, contact Fire Prevention Inspector Patrick O’Connor at 225-4141

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