July 4 Safety Tips and Regulations
July 4 is approaching, and the City, Garden Grove Police Department and Orange County Fire Authority would like to remind the community to take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe and memorable celebration.
Only safe and sane fireworks bearing the California State Fire Marshal seal may be discharged in Garden Grove on July 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Anyone caught using or possessing illegal fireworks, including misusing or tampering with legal ones, will be subject to a $1,000 fine. Multiple fines can and will be issued to repeat violators.
To report illegal fireworks, call the Garden Grove Police Department's non-emergency number at (714) 741-5704. Be prepared to provide the address where the illegal firework(s) was lit and a description of the individual(s) involved.
Garden Grove firework sales take place from July 1 through July 4. Hours are: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., July 1 through 3; and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on July 4.
- Be considerate of your neighbors, especially veterans suffering from PTSD.
- Fireworks should be handled by a responsible adult, 18 years of age or older, on private property only.
- Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area and at a safe distance away from people, homes, vehicles, or flammable materials.
- Light one firework at a time and never light a dud.
- Have a bucket of water and a hose nearby to soak fireworks before disposing in a metal trashcan.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Do not light fireworks near combustibles such as vegetation and structures.
- Move trashcans with discharged fireworks inside and away from combustibles such as structures.
- Fireworks should only be handled by a responsible adult.
- Sparklers can exceed temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to melt gold.
- Never let children pick up pieces of fireworks as some may still be active.
- Parents are liable for any damages or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.
IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT
- Call 9-1-1
- Run cool water over a burn.
- In case of an eye injury, do not rub, touch, or rinse the eye as this can cause more damage.
For more information on firework safety, visit the Orange County Fire Authority website at ocfa.org or view their video at vimeo.com. [Click here to download the Orange County Fire Authority safety flyer in English; Spanish; Vietnamese; and Korean.