June 6, 2018
City’s Fireworks Educational Campaign; Donations Needed for July 4th Show
Well in advance of the Fourth of July weekend, the City of Santa Maria is resuming its educational messaging campaign about the rules for legal “Safe and Sane” fireworks and reminding all about dangers from use of airborne and loud illegal fireworks. Also, donations are needed to sponsor the community fireworks show planned for July 4th.
The City’s action plan consists of multiple public service announcements, posters, fliers, website and social media messaging, a fireworks hotline, and free yard signs available in English and in Spanish for those City residents who are noise-sensitive.
The only time “Safe and Sane” fireworks may be used within the Santa Maria City Limits is a 12-hour period on the Fourth of July from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Fireworks are not allowed on any other day.
Anyone caught using any fireworks on other days will be subject to a $1,000 fine. The City has an illegal fireworks hotline of 925-0951 extension 3473 (FIRE).
Yard signs with wire stakes reading “Celebrate July 4th Neighborly, Noise Sensitive Resident Lives Here, Be Courteous to Your Neighbors” are now available for Santa Maria residents. Signs are available from the City Manager’s Office in City Hall, 110 East Cook Street, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
These signs are intended for the owners of pets that may panic during the loud bangs from fireworks, veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), people with autism, and others with noise sensitivity. The two-sided signs measure about 14 x 23 inches. Non-City residents wanting signs may find them online.
The City contracts with the County Public Health Department for animal control services and through this collaboration will make pet owners aware that temporary kennels are available from the Santa Maria Animal Shelter. Also, inform the public that County Animal Services is here to help, by advising that pet-calming medications or sedatives are available from veterinarians. Pet owners are asked to ensure their animals have identification tags, and if their pet goes missing, to call the County animal services shelter at (805) 934-6119 or visit the shelter at 548 West Foster Road.
The City’s educational campaign includes two video public service announcements (PSAs) shown before every movie in June at the downtown 14-screen Cineplex and a nearby 10-screen theater. Also, multiple PSAs in both English and Spanish distributed to the news media and placed on the City’s government Comcast television channel 23, the City’s YouTube channel, and City website, www.cityofsantamaria.org.
Radio advertisements also are planned, fliers were sent out with City water bills, and posters are aboard all City buses. Further, bilingual fliers will be placed inside every bag of “Safe and Sane” fireworks sold by local groups.
As a reminder, people who witness the use of illegal fireworks can sign a citation, with two signatures needed.
Donations are still needed to sponsor the community fireworks show on the Fourth of July, at the Edwards Community Center along Panther Drive. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to the non-profit People for Leisure And Youth (PLAY, Inc.), Attn: Fireworks, 615 South McClelland Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454. Without community support this event would not take place.
Questions may be directed to the City Manager’s Office, (805) 925-0951 extension 2372 or extension 2200.
Department: City Manager’s Office
Contact Person: Mark van de Kamp, Public Information Manager
Telephone Number: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2372 or (805) 720-4038
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org