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Celebrate July 4th the Safe Way!

County of Santa Clara & the Santa Clara County Fire Chief’s Association launch awareness campaign
News Conference to kick off fireworks safety campaign
Supervisor Dave Cortese, County Board of Supervisors
SCC Fire Chief Ken Kehmna, President, Santa Clara County Fire Chiefs Association
Councilmember Johnny Khamis, San Jose City Council District 10
Jill Sproul, RN, Nurse Manager, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Burn Center
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
Ed Levin County Park, Sandy Wool Group Picnic Area, 3100 Calaveras Rd. Milpitas, CA 95035 (See directions below)
The news conference will call attention to the dangers of illegal fireworks in causing injuries and igniting fires.  While most fireworks are only set off during New Year and Independence Day celebrations, they result in nearly 10,000 people crowding our emergency rooms with fireworks-related injuries nationwide at a cost of more than $100 million annually. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks, which include devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.  
At Supervisor Cortese’s request, the Board of Supervisors approved a $70,000 contribution to the San Jose Rotary’s Fourth of July Fireworks Display in Downtown San Jose, with $20,000 set aside for the Santa Clara County Fire Chief’s Association to launch a safety campaign highlighting the dangers of purchasing and using fireworks, which is particularly crucial given the current drought conditions where high fire danger is expected to continue throughout the year, especially near county hillsides. Officials will talk about the outreach efforts included in the campaign and encourage residents to celebrate safely by attending outdoor public displays conducted by trained professionals throughout Santa Clara County.
VISUALS: Campaign posters/materials, uniformed personnel, firecrackers
DIRECTIONS: Traveling on either Interstate 680 or 880, take the Calaveras Road exit in Milpitas. Drive east towards the foothills along Calaveras Road. Calaveras Road passes through the southern portion of Ed Levin County Park. To reach the Sandy Wool Lake area, take a left turn off Calaveras Road onto Downing Road. Travel north along Downing Road to reach Sandy Wool Lake. Continue around the lake to the group picnic area parking lot located near the dog park.
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Media Contacts: Gina Cali, Santa Clara County Fire Dept., (408) 341-4484,
Janice Rombeck, Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese, (408) 299-5030 (408)-803-2095 (cell)
Gwendolyn Mitchell, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: June 10, 2014