It’s fireworks — and wildfire — season in California, and Pasadena firefighters aren’t taking any chances. They sprayed four tons of fire retardant on brushy areas of the Arroyo Seco and San Rafael hills around the Rose Bowl on Wednesday.
• The Rose Bowl hosts the biggest fireworks display in Southern California, with 30,000 spectators inside the stadium and another 60,000 in the surrounding areas.
• Conditions are hot and dry this year, so fire danger is very high.
• The Pasadena Fire Department sprayed 40 tons of Phos-Chek fire retardant in the area surrounding the stadium.
• Phos-Check is made from fertilizer and will not harm people, pets or the environment.
The preventive measure is in preparation for the July 4 fireworks show at the Rose Bowl, which is the largest in Southern California, according to an NBC News report. About 30,000 people are expected to watch the show at the stadium, with another 60,000 taking in the view from the surrounding area.
With that many people — plus dry conditions and temperatures in the 90s — firefighters must be vigilant about safety precautions. The concern, of course, is that fireworks could spark a major fire in the dry brush around the stadium.
“The flashy fuels, as we call them, could take off in short order and catch fire in the trees,” Pasadena fire chief Dennis Downs told NBC.
Crews are spraying the area with Phos-Chek, the same fire retardant firefighters spray from planes to keep wildfires in check. Fire department spokesperson Lisa Derderian said Phos-Check is a fertilizer mixture. It is not harmful to people, pets or the enivroment.
Don’t Use Fireworks at Home:
Everybody loves to watch fireworks, but they can be extremely dangerous. Last year about 8,600 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Three-quarters of these injuries occurred in the weeks around the Fourth of July.
* 65 percent were to males and 35 percent were to females.
* Children under 15 years old accounted for 40 percent of the estimated injuries.
* Children and young adults under 20 years old had 53 percent of the estimated injuries.
* An estimated 900 injuries were associated with firecrackers.
* An estimated 1,200 injuries were associated with sparklers and 400 with bottle rockets.
* The parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers (30 percent), legs (22 percent), eyes (21 percent), and head, face, and ears (16 percent).
* More than half of the injuries were burn injuries.
The only way to be truly safe with fireworks is to not light them yourself. Watch public displays put on by pyrotechnic professionals.
The trial attorneys at Blackman Legal Group, a California-based law firm founded by renowned trial attorney Clifford Blackman, have been representing burn injury victims for 35 years. The nationwide toll-free number to call for a free consultation is 1-866-692-8126.