Be Safe

According to our informal poll in the right-hand column, it looks like most NATOMAS BUZZ readers have chosen to follow the Guv’s suggestion and not set off their own fireworks.

Fireworks are a family tradition in THE BUZZ household. Each year, my husband researches the best bang for the buck — as it were — and each year he creates a new CD of patriotic music to play while we sit on the court and share fireworks with the neighbors. We’re still hoping to celebrate with the other families who live on our court, but probably without the usual spectacle.

For those of you still undecided, or who just cannot resist setting off fireworks this 4th of July, here are some simple safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Use common sense when using fireworks.
  • Use fireworks outdoors ONLY.
  • Obey local laws.
  • Always have water handy (a bucket of water or hose).
  • Only use fireworks as intended—do not try to alter them.
  • Never try to re-light a “dud”.
  • Spectators should keep a safe distance from the fireworks.
  • The person lighting the fireworks should wear safety glasses.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
  • Do not use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives.
  • Report illegal explosives to the fire or police departments.
  • Legal fireworks can only be discharged LEGALLY within the city from noon on June 28 to midnight on July 4.


  1. Anonymous says

    Just say NO to fireworks this year…

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