Press
Release
City of Fullerton
Public Information Office

303 W. Commonwealth
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (714) 738-6317

7/3/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #15414
Subject :

City of Fullerton Provide Firework Safety Tips
Contact :Fullerton City Manager’s Office    (714) 738-6317
Fullerton Museum Center    (714) 738-6545
Fullerton, CA – As the nation welcomes the celebration of Independence Day tomorrow, the city of Fullerton encourages its residents and visitors to exercise firework safety for themselves and those around them during the holiday.

Fullerton is one of eight Orange County city that allows for the sale and discharge of fireworks when Fullerton voters approved Measure X on February 4, 2014, which adopted Ordinance No. 3183 establishing the sale and use of safe and sane fireworks. Thereafter, City Council adopted Resolution No. 2014-08, which established rules for the sale and use of safe and sane fireworks within the City of Fullerton.

Fullerton Fire Marshall, Julie Kunze recommends these firework safety tips:

·         Only Safe and Sane fireworks are permitted in Fullerton.

·         Safe and Sane fireworks are only allowed on July 4 between the hours of 10am and 10pm.

·         Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

·         Minimum age to buy and sue Safe and Sane fireworks is 16 years.

·         Use of Safe and Sane are only on private property with permission (no parks, schools, etc.).

·         No items except sparklers should be hand-held.

·         Adults should always supervise fireworks activities.

·         Never have any portion of your body directly over any firework device when lighting the fuse.

·         Light one item at a time.

·         Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.

·         Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.

·         Never throw fireworks or point them at another person.

·         Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

·         Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

·         After fireworks fully complete their functioning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent trash fire.

·         Take extra care when using sparklers around small children. Sparklers burn at temperatures of over 1200 degrees.

·         If an item does not light easily or if it lights but seems to fizzle, stand back and do not handle for 30 minutes.

·         In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

The City also has a website of Frequently Asked Questions as well as a map of fire hazard zones in the City at: http://www.cityoffullerton.com/depts/city_clerk/fireworks_sales_n_discharge.asp

In addition, the community is invited to attend Fullerton's 25th Annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival on July 4 from 5-9:30 p.m. at the Fullerton High School Stadium, located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Berkeley Avenue and Lemon Street.

Admission to the festival is free.

Entertainment for the night will be provided by "Soundbytes."  Popular on the Southland music scene for years, “Soundbytes” has been the backup band for Wayne Brady's television show “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” The group has also performed for Princess Cruises, Universal Studios and Warner Brothers, and lead singer Shari Doran has appeared nationwide as Eva Peron in the musical “Evita.”

Games and food booths will also mark the event, which will be topped off by an aerial fireworks display set to music by Pyro Spectaculars of Rialto at 9:00 p.m. 

Other activities lined up for the evening includes pony rides, balloon artists, bounce houses, face painting, and more. 

A nominal fee will be charged for the children’s rides.

Free parking will be available at the Plummer Parking Structure, located at the southwest corner of Lemon and Chapman Avenue;  the Wilshire Parking Structure, located on Wilshire Avenue, one block east of Harbor Boulevard;  and the North Justice Center, 1275 N. Berkeley, west of Harbor.

Parking for the disabled will be available in the high school campus lots just south of the stadium.  Vehicles will be allowed access to the lots only from the Chapman and Lemon intersection.

Further information about the Community Fireworks Show and Festival may be obtained by calling the Fullerton Museum Center at (714) 738-6545.

Persons requiring special accommodations to attend the show and festival are requested to notify the Museum staff prior to the festival.


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