STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-June 29, 2018-As the community readies to enjoy Fourth of
July across the Yampa Valley, the City of Steamboat Springs offers some tips and advice to celebrate
the holiday safely.
“Steamboat’s hometown Independence Day celebration brings people from near and far,” said Mel
Stewart, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue (SSFR) Chief. “However, it can also bring severe
consequences if people are not careful.” July 4th is a busy time with more residents out and about as
well as an influx of guests; but a few simple steps can help you enjoy the holiday safer.
The city and county are under Stage I Fire Restrictions. In addition, the US Forest Service and
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are also imposing Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for the entire Routt
National Forest. Please review the Stage I Fire Restrictions for permitted and prohibited activities.
Colorado summers typically see dry conditions, hot weather and unfortunately at time, wildfires. Due
to dry conditions this year, the city will light up the night sky with a high-energy, high-impact laser light
show at Howelsen Hill instead of the traditional fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.
However, it important to understand Colorado’s firework restrictions and what’s permitted and
prohibited. Legal fireworks that do not leave the ground or produce a report (explode with a loud
bang) may be used by private citizens under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions as long as they are used in a
safe area, away from combustible/flammable materials. Remember to Respect Vets, Pets &
With loud noises and large gatherings over the holiday, the shelter receives several stray animals. To
help your pet get through the festivities or to quickly be reunited, the Routt County Humane Society
suggests the following:
• Take your pet for long walk during the morning/early afternoon. It helps them get exercise, tires
them out and they take care of business. That evening, they can remain indoors where it’s
cool, calm and quite.
• It’s best to leave you pet at home, especially during loud, crowded events like the parade,
block parties and laser show.
• DO NOT leave pets in vehicles or unattended in town.
• Never use fireworks around your pets
• Ensure your pet is wearing an identification collar with current contact details. Many pets also
get a microchip as an added step.
• Report Animal Issues
o An animal complaint or animal emergency, contact Steamboat Springs Animal Control at
o For a lost or missing animal, call the Routt County Humane Society Animal Shelter at
970.879.7247 with a description of your pet, their name and your contact information.
According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 73 percent of consumers grill on the Fourth of
July. In addition, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistics shows July is the peak month
for grilling fires. Roughly 9,600 home grill fires were reported per year and all types of grills pose a
risk for fires and burn injuries.
• Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
• Position the grill away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging
• Keep children and pets from the grill area and never leave your grill unattended.
• Keep clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
• If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire
department. Do not attempt to move the grill.
• Never Boat/Kayak/Raft/SUP/Tube/Swim Alone
• Always Wear A Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
• Secure everything to your tube – Rig to Flip – otherwise it becomes TRASH downstream
• Do not bring: flip flops, alcohol, glass, Styrofoam or coolers
• Be Prepared For Extremes In Weather
• Watch Out For Your Dog
• Use one of the approved Commercial Tube Suppliers for the best experience
• RESPECT other users and private property
The City of Steamboat Springs would like to thank residents and guests for their cooperation and
wishes everyone a safe and wonderful Fourth of July celebration. All events associated with the July
4th in Steamboat Springs can be found at www.steamboatchamber.com/july4th.