Fire departments spreading the word on fire safety during holiday weekend

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – As the 4th of July gets closer, fire departments across the state are spreading the word about fire safety.

In Bernalillo County, officials are stressing the importance of staying away from illegal fireworks.

“We recommend people if they want to buy fireworks, buy them within Bernalillo County, that way you know you’re buying permissible fireworks,” said Div. Chief Marshal Chris Gober.

That means buying fireworks that have a ‘caution’ label, and not a ‘warning’ label.

Fines for being caught with, or firing illegal fireworks go up to $500.

With a dry 4th expected, officials are urging everyone to take precautions.

For example, lighting fireworks on concrete or asphalt, do that away from dry grass and brush.

The department recommends having a hose or a water bucket handy in case sparks get out of control.

Also, to avoid tying up emergency lines, they ask that you do not call 9-1-1, if you hear or see any illegal fireworks. Instead, use the county’s non-emergency line. If you’re within Albuquerque city limits, post a report to the 311 app.