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Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office
Monday July 2nd, 2012 :: 05:41 p.m. MDT


Deputies w/b on the lookout for illegal firworks & will b ready to issue citations. Plz read Fireworks Safety guide.

Sheriff Robert Garcia would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Independance day! Please be safe and Dont Drink and Drive. Deputies will be out enforcing the county resolution: Resolution: 2012-75
A Resolution To Proclaim Extreme Or Severe Drought Conditions
which outlines what fireworks are legal and illegal.
This ordinance can be found at:

Please Review Fire Works Safety Tips Below.

Make fireworks safety a priority this 4th of July. The fourth of July can be an exciting time of year. There are barbecues to look forward to and special events with family and friends. However I think most people would agree, the best thing about the fourth is fireworks. Fireworks are entertainment and appealing to all ages. With all the fun and excitement in the air some people, forget to be safe during the fourth of July. People (especially kids) cannot wait to run out to the nearest store and buy fireworks. When making their firework purchases, the safety of how to use them, often times gets overlooked or forgotten. It is especially important this time of year, to be aware and know all the safety procedures to follow. Before a trip to the local fireworks store, sit down with your kids and discuss some of these very important safety tips that might end up saving their life.

Use fireworks outdoors only
Young children are very curious and want to experiment. Kids are especially fascinated with fire. All you need to do is hand a child a firework that lights up with bright color and before you know it, they are off trying to light a firework in their bedroom. There has been case after case of house burnings around the fourth of July every year. As a parent you must stress the importance of only using fireworks outdoors for everyone's safety.

Obey local laws
Find out if the fireworks you intend to use are legal within your state. A lot of states prohibit fireworks that shoot up in the air. Your local fireworks store should not be selling any illegal fireworks but if they are (and it does happen) notify the authorities right away.

Always have water handy
Before you begin to set off your fireworks, always make sure to have water nearby. A simple hose or bucket of water will do. Chances are you will never have to use the water but you never know.

Only use fireworks as intended
Absolutely never alter your fireworks in any way or combine them with other fireworks. Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.

Never relight a "dud" firework
Many people get the urge to see what a used firework would do if re-lit however NEVER reuse a "dud" firework. The best rule of thumb is to wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water and discard the firework.

Use common sense
Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter. The shooter should always wear safety glasses. There has been many cases of children coming into the ER around or on the fourth with eye injuries due to the improper use of fireworks. Some children have even blown off their faces from a single firecracker.

Alcohol and fireworks do not mix
Have a "designated shooter." Just like you don’t want someone who has been drinking behind the wheel, you do not want someone who has been drinking to be shooting off fireworks. This situation can be a huge hazard for all involved and or around the intoxicated shooter.

Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type
Sparklers may seem harmless but you would be amazed at how many young children end up in the ER after a night of playing with sparklers. They may look like simple sparkles on a stick but can be deadly if not handled with great care. No child under the age of 12 should be handed a sparkler. The younger child will not know how to handle a sparkler and may set a fire to something or worse yet themselves.

Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office
35 Camino Justicia
Santa Fe, NM 87508

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 505-986-2400

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