Holiday Fire Safety
Fourth of July
The sale, distribution and discharge of fireworks is not allowed in the City of Huntington Beach, including discharge of fireworks on beaches or in parks. Attendance at officially sponsored public events that include fireworks displays is encouraged.
Young children should always be accompanied by adults. Make sure older children travel in groups. Instruct all children not to enter someone's house when trick-or-treating.
Do not allow children to eat unwrapped or homemade treats.
Check all treats prior to giving them to children.
Wear light colored costumes or use reflective tape so children can be easily seen by motorists. Use nontoxic makeup instead of a mask which can limit or block vision.
Always use crosswalks and be cautious when crossing the street.
Use flashlights instead of candles, lanterns or any open flame.
Cut two to three inches off the bottom of a fresh tree and put the tree in water immediately. This prevents the sap from forming over the cut and allows the tree to absorb the water. Use a sturdy holder and daily fill it with water.
Check lights carefully for broken sockets or frayed wires before you put them on your tree. Replace any strings that look damaged.
Keep your tree away from heat sources, such as fireplaces and heaters, which will dry it out.
Keep your tree out of the path of household traffic and don’t let it block your exit in case you need to escape from a fire.
Unplug the tree lights and any outdoor lights when you go to bed or leave the house.
Avoid placing breakable ornaments with small parts on lower branches where children or pets can reach them. Ornaments and other holiday decorations should be non-combustible, or flame resistant. Do not burn wrapping paper or tree branches in the fireplace or oven. Dispose of holiday trash and your Christmas tree safely. Do so soon after the holiday is over.
For information about Fire Department education programs, please see Safety Education.
Did you know?
Solar energy has been used for over 2700 years. In 700 BC, glass lenses were used to make fire by magnifying the sun’s rays. Learn more about solar.
City of Huntington Beach
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 536-5411
Fax: (714) 374-1551