Tuesday, July 02, 2024

The Air District is encouraging Bay Area residents to have a healthy and safe Fourth of July by not setting off fireworks to reduce smoke and wildfire risk. 

Spare the Air Status

Fireworks can cause unhealthy spikes in air pollution. Smoke from exploding fireworks results in elevated levels of particulate matter close to the ground, making it difficult for people to breathe, and may trigger asthma attacks, coughing, wheezing and eye irritation. Sensitive groups, including people with respiratory issues or heart disease, along with children and the elderly, should limit their exposure.

At the local level, personal fireworks can cause unhealthy buildup in particulate matter pollution over the July 4 holiday. “Safe and sane” fireworks, like those purchased at pop-up fireworks stands, contain metal salts used to produce colors and can also cause excessive smoke.

Increased air pollution from fireworks impacts people and pets. Fireworks also have the potential to increase the risk of brush fires, wildfires or house fires that cause damage and create further smoke impacts.

Check your local newspapers or city government offices to locate public fireworks displays in your community.

View press release.

Last Updated: 7/3/2024