City, sher­iff, fire re­mind res­i­dents about fire­works

The Signal - - NEWS - By Perry Smith Sig­nal Deputy Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor

It’s that time of year again, when the city of Santa Clarita, Santa Clarita Val­ley Sher­iff’s Sta­tion and county Fire De­part­ment of­fi­cials team up to re­mind peo­ple that all fire­works are il­le­gal in Los An­ge­les County.

Ev­ery year, the agen­cies launch a joint fire­works-safety cam­paign to in­form res­i­dents that il­le­gal fire­works are dan­ger­ous and are not tol­er­ated within city lim­its.

The Sher­iff’s Sta­tion will also con­duct mul­ti­ple fire­works op­er­a­tions be­tween now and the Fourth of July, as fire­works are il­le­gal, ac­cord­ing to the Los An­ge­les County Fire Code.

Those found guilty of a vi­o­la­tion will be cited and have their il­le­gal fire­works con­fis­cated by the Sher­iff’s Sta­tion.

“Vi­o­la­tors can re­ceive a fine from $500 to $1,000 and face mis­de­meanor pros­e­cu­tion,” says Capt. Robert Lewis, not­ing that even fire­works con­sid­ered “safe and sane,”such as sparklers, snaps and smoke balls, are still il­le­gal.

The public is en­cour­aged to re­port il­le­gal fire­works anony­mously by calling the SCV Sher­iff’s Sta­tion at 661-255-1121.

City and county of­fi­cials are ask­ing that peo­ple not dial 9-1-1 to re­port il­le­gal fire­works, un­less it is a lifethreat­en­ing emer­gency.

Res­i­dents may also re­port il­le­gal fire­works to the sher­iff’s deputy as­signed to their zone. In­for­ma­tion on zones can be found on­line at scvsh­er­­ers.

“Fire­works are known to cause burns, se­ri­ous in­juries and even death,” warns As­sis­tant Fire Chief An­der­son Mackey. “Be­sides caus­ing phys­i­cal harm to our cit­i­zens, fire­works greatly in­crease the risk of both struc­ture and wild­land fires.”

“We want folks to en­joy the Fourth of July, but re­spon­si­bly. In ad­di­tion to pos­si­bly start­ing a fire, fire­works cre­ate anx­i­ety and stress among pets and vet­er­ans who may have post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der,” says Mayor Lau­rene Weste. “I would rec­om­mend our res­i­dents leave the show to the pros and in­stead at­tend the city’s free and mag­nif­i­cent Fourth of July fire­works show.”

The city’s an­nual Fourth of July show will take place at the West­field Va­len­cia Town Cen­ter at 9:15 p.m.

As part of the cam­paign, the agen­cies have part­nered with the County of Los An­ge­les - Cas­taic An­i­mal Shel­ter and the Lange Foun­da­tion’s St. Bon­nie’s Sanc­tu­ary on a so­cial me­dia cam­paign, fea­tur­ing lo­cal L.A. County fire­fight­ers with dogs that are adopt­able in the area. The cam­paign is in­tended to ed­u­cate the public that be­sides be­ing ex­tremely dan­ger­ous, fire­works are the lead­ing cause of run­away pets; more pets get lost on the Fourth of July than any other time of the year.

In ad­di­tion to so­cial me­dia, the fire­works safety cam­paign in­cludes dig­i­tal and print mes­sag­ing at lo­cal city fa­cil­i­ties and schools.

A fire­works safety press con­fer­ence will be held to re­mind res­i­dents that fire­works of any kind are il­le­gal in the city of Santa Clarita, in Los An­ge­les County un­in­cor­po­rated com­mu­ni­ties and in many of its 88 cities. The press con­fer­ence is sched­uled 10 a.m. Fri­day, June 29, at Los An­ge­les County Fire Sta­tion 126, lo­cated at 26320 Cit­rus St.

For more in­for­ma­tion on lo­cal pro­fes­sional fire­works shows in and near the Santa Clarita Val­ley, or de­tails re­gard­ing fire­works reg­u­la­tions, please visit­works.

The SCV Sher­iff’s Sta­tion and county Fire De­part­ment of­fi­cials re­mind res­i­dents that all fire­works are il­le­gal.

Cour­tesy photo/The Sig­nal

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