As July 4 approaches, the City reminds the community to celebrate the national holiday responsibly. Safe and sane fireworks bearing the California State Fire Marshal seal may be discharged on July 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. only.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 19,500 fires were started by fireworks in the U.S. in 2018. The fires caused five civilian deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage. From 2014 to 2018, three of every five reported incidents were brush and grass fires caused by fireworks.
“Last year, the Orange County Fire Authority responded to a fireworks-related vegetation fire in Black Star Canyon,” said Orange County Fire Authority Division Chief Ron Roberts. “Fortunately, no injuries were reported. However, the Orange County Fire Authority stresses the need for the community to follow the recommended safety tips and regulations, ensuring a safe and fire-free holiday.”
Do not light fireworks near combustibles such as vegetation and structures. Always light fireworks outdoors, in a clear area away from buildings, vehicles, and shrubbery. Have a bucket of water and hose nearby to soak fireworks before disposing in a metal trashcan. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
For more safety tips, visit ggcity.org/july-4-safety-tips-regulations.
Pet owners are also encouraged to take precautions on July 4 by keeping pets indoors, in a safe, escape-proof room or crate; removing large items away from walls that would allow the pet to escape over the fence; and having an up-to-date Garden Grove license and personal tag on the pet at all times.
As a reminder, using or possessing illegal fireworks, including misusing or tampering with legal ones, carries a $1,000 fine.
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) were lit and a description of the individual(s) involved.
Call 9-1-1 for emergencies only.
For more information, call the Garden Grove Fireworks Hotline at (714) 741-5270, or visit ocfa.org.