Friday, July 02, 2021

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 risks. 

Spare the Air Status

This Fourth of July, the Air District is asking the public to leave the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy local fireworks displays to help reduce air pollution and wildfire risks during these extreme drought conditions.

Fireworks can cause an unhealthy spike 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 possibly triggering asthma attacks, coughing, wheezing, and eye irritation. Sensitive groups, including those with respiratory issues, or heart or lung disease -  along with children and the elderly - should limit their exposure.

The Bay Area region often exceeds federal air quality standards on the evening of July 4 and morning of July 5 due to neighborhood fireworks displays. Safe and sane fireworks, like those purchased at pop-up fireworks stands, contain metal salts used to produce colors, and 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 further smoke impacts.

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

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Last Updated: 7/2/2021