Independence Day is a time to celebrate and have family fun, but add safety measures to your celebratory activities to ensure it stays fun. Whether your holiday fun includes picnics in the park, swimming, grilling with friends and family, or fireworks, here are a few tips for you, your family members and neighbors to have a safe and happy holiday.
Only use Safe & Sane labeled fireworks where allowed. Always be extra vigilant of our dry conditions and vegetation as one spark can ignite the neighborhood! And remember, it’s illegal for fireworks to be used by anyone under age 18.
When lighting Safe & Sane fireworks:
- Do not use fireworks near dry grass or other combustible materials
- Do not use fireworks while under a canopy, covered balcony, covered patio, or under a tree or bushes
- Light fireworks from the ground, not on elevated surfaces
- Never attempt to re-light or "fix" fireworks
- Always place used fireworks in a bucket of water to fully extinguish (drain water onto landscaping before going into the trash)
- Have a garden hose ready
The majority of fires caused by fireworks are started by illegal fireworks or improperly used fireworks. Note that illegal fireworks explode, leave the ground, or send sparks more than 12 feet high. Safe and Sane fireworks bear the seal of the State Fire Marshal and are sold at legitimate fireworks booths.
Sacramento County allows Safe & Sane fireworks to be set off from noon June 28 – midnight of July 4.
Visiting Our Beautiful Regional Parks
If you plan on spending Independence Day in one of the County’s Regional Parks, please note that there are several rules put in place from July 4 – 7.
- The vehicle entrance fee will increase to $8 for single vehicles and $13 for oversized vehicles and vehicles towing watercraft.
- The use or possession of any type of fireworks is banned in all Sacramento County Regional Parks.
- There are several rules related to smoking, BBQs and open flames. Check out the Sacramento County Park Ordinances for additional information.
- With the rivers flowing fast and cold, everyone is urged to wear a life preserver regardless of swimming skill level.
- Alcohol will be temporarily banned along the shoreline and on the American River between Hazel and Watt Avenues from July 4 – 7.
- Many pets are terrified by the sound of fireworks and can cause them to flee or become destructive to get away from the sound.
- Keep pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area or run the TV or music to drown out outside sounds
- Remove any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful if chewed
- If you know that your pet is distressed by loud noises, consult with your veterinarian in advance
- Every year animal shelters are inundated with lost pets after July 4, so be sure your pets are wearing identification tags, are microchipped and are licensed to help with their prompt return
- Redemption fees are being waived for altered animals through July 15
- Visit the Bradshaw Animal Shelter website for additional information
- Many people will be firing up the grill and eating outdoors, so plan ahead to prevent food illness: Thaw food only in a 41-degree refrigerator, under cold running water or in a microwave
- Keep raw meats separate to prevent cross-contamination and thoroughly wash anything that comes into contact with raw meat
- Keep meat cold up until it is being cooked
- Use a clean food thermometer to test doneness – different kinds of meat require different temperatures to be done
- Perishable foods should not be left out of the refrigerator for more than two hours
- For more food safety tips visit the Environmental Management Department website
Most County offices will be closed Thursday, July 4.