Police and Fire Issue 4th of July Safety Reminders
2014-06-24 · By Editor
With the 4th of July holiday fast approaching, the Long Beach Police and Fire Departments would like to remind residents and visitors that all fireworks, including those marked “Safe and Sane,” are illegal in the City of Long Beach.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
- Thousands, mostly children and teenagers, are injured using consumer fireworks
- Each year, fireworks cause fires to structures, vehicles, and property
- In 2012, over half of the country’s fireworks related emergency room visits were for injured extremities; over one third were for head injuries
- The national risk for fireworks related injuries is highest for those aged 15-24, followed by those under the age of 10.
The Police and Fire Departments will be out in force the days leading up to and on July 4th to ensure compliance of the Long Beach City Ordinance that bans fireworks. Although both Departments seek voluntary compliance to ensure public safety, this duty often requires strict enforcement of all laws through arrest and citations. Anyone cited or arrested for fireworks violations may be faced with a $1,000 fine, sentenced to jail for six months, or both. The fines and penalties may increase depending on the fireworks’ classification. Fireworks may be voluntarily disposed of at collection bins located at Lifeguard Headquarters, 2100 E. Ocean Boulevard (on the West side of the Junipero lot), and at all police stations.
For those who would like to enjoy fireworks, please attend a safe and professionally controlled firework show to ensure the safety of your family, friends, and property.
Police officers will strictly enforce all laws, especially those associated with drinking in public, public intoxication, drunk driving, minors in possession of alcoholic beverage and underage drinking, and illegal barbecues on all public property, parks, and beaches. The use of personal barbecues in all city parks and beaches is prohibited. Use of permanent city installed barbecues is acceptable. All parks and beaches from Shoreline Drive to the end of the Peninsula will be heavily patrolled.
The Long Beach Police Department encourages responsible parenting and requests that parents closely supervise their children, set expectations for proper behavior, and monitor their activities.
If you See Something, Say Something! Call Long Beach Police Dispatch at (562) 435-6711 or 9-11 if you observe dangerous or illegal activities this holiday.