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June 28, 2012
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Tahoe officials urge caution, safety over July 4 holidays

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — According to a press release from the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, the National Fire Protection Association states that more fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year in the United States, and more than half of those fires reported are caused by fireworks.

NLTPD offers the following safety tips:

• Leave fireworks to the professionals. Please do not use consumer fireworks (includes sparklers and firecrackers).

• The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by professionals.

• Please keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.

• Never leave young children alone with an open flame.

• Teach older children to use fire responsibly.

Fireworks are illegal to possess or discharge in Washoe County or on any U.S. Forest Service property in the Lake Tahoe Basin and elsewhere, according to the press release. This includes all consumer fireworks (fireworks purchased by individuals) known as “safe and sane” brought in from out of state.

Read more about the county’s fireworks code here

Anyone with fireworks may turn them into any fire station in any fire district without penalty at any time.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jun 28, 2012 12:14PM Published Jun 28, 2012 12:13PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.