It’s hot, it’s dry, it’s the 4th of July! These words make fire officials cringe says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. It will be a long three-day 4th of July weekend and the fire department needs your help!
We have a lot of resources and personnel out fighting fires. Fire danger is extremely high and fire officials recommend everyone attend public fireworks shows, and leave the lighting to the professionals. Our call load significantly increase on the 4th of July and the days leading up to the 4th. Help us by attending a professional show and keep firework related fires and medical calls down.
Additionally, to help reduce the risk of fire, keep barbeque grills away from anything that can burn. Don’t leave the grill unattended while it’s cooking.
Keep children and pets away from the grill and make sure coals are completely extinguished before disposing of them.
While outdoors, stay hydrated and consume lots of water.
Make sure your pets are kept indoors as loud noises such as fireworks can scare them and cause them to run away.
Contact your local fire department and visit www.fire.lacounty.gov/safety-messages/fire-safety-tips/ for additional safety information.
Don’t text and drive and have a Happy 4th of July!
Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna