Public safety officials with the City of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County urge residents to engage in responsible Fourth of July celebrations and refrain from the use of illegal fireworks.
The Santa Clarita City Council, along with Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Captain Justin Diez and the Grossman Burn Center will host at 9:30 a.m. June 27 a fireworks safety press conference at Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 126, located at 26320 Citrus St.
“California is currently seeing one of the worst droughts in history, which directly impacts not only our residents but the beautiful mountains and hills that surround our City,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste. “Any type of firework, whether it’s a small sparkler or a large shower, poses an imminent threat to our community.”
Barger emphasized that keeping the community safe during the Fourth of July holiday takes partnership with the local residents.
“Preventing fires and injuries during this patriotic holiday is within our reach,” Barger stated. “All it takes is commitment from every family and household to be mindful when it comes to firework safety. Our county has world-class first responders to help us in our time of need, but I’m hopeful that the close-knit community of Santa Clarita will practice fireworks safety to avoid injuries and prevent emergencies.”
According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, every year, fireworks cause thousands of injuries and start more than 1,600 fires. Fireworks can cause burns, loss of limbs and even death.
“Each year, we see the extreme danger fireworks pose to our city,” said Assistant Fire Chief Nick Berkuta. “As first responders, it is our job to educate our residents about the reality of lighting fireworks. Not only can they start massive brush fires, but they can also cause injuries and in severe instances, you can lose a limb or your life.”
In the City of Santa Clarita, it is illegal to possess, sell or use fireworks, including those which are labeled “Safe and Sane,” such as sparklers, snaps, smoke balls and any item that explodes.
“Leading up to the Fourth of July and on the day of, our deputies will cite anyone they see setting off fireworks,” said Captain Justin Diez. “We are urging everyone to leave any pyrotechnics or firework shows to the professionals. All fireworks are illegal in the City of Santa Clarita as well as the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, and we want to make sure that residents don’t cause any accidental fires or injuries.”
In Santa Clarita, fireworks are a violation of the Santa Clarita Municipal Code, Health and Safety Code and Los Angeles County Fire Code. The public is encouraged to report illegal fireworks anonymously by calling the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661) 260-4000. Residents can also report illegal fireworks using the City’s online Resident Service Center.
Santa Clarita residents are invited to attend the City’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show beginning at 9:15 p.m. July 4 at Westfield Valencia Town Center.
For more information on local professional fireworks shows in and near Santa Clarita Valley or details regarding fireworks regulations, visit santa-clarita.com/Fireworks.