While you enjoy some fun in the sun, County Fire reminds you to keep some safety tips in mind.

Heat-Related Illness

  • Avoid heat exhaustion by staying in cool areas.
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to the body.
  • Drink sips of water.
  • List of Cooling Centers

Practice Water Safety With Your Child
Drowning is the number one cause of death in children under the age of 14.

  • Enroll your child in a licensed swim class.
  • Supervise your child in and around the water, even if a lifeguard is present.

Learn CPR

  • Become CPR certified by taking a local class.
  • Put your CPR training to use in the event of an emergency.
    Download the PulsePoint mobile application and be alerted when someone nearby is affected by sudden cardiac arrest.

Barbecues

  • Use an approved starter fluid when lighting a barbecue.
  • Never use gasoline.
  • Don’t add fuel to the fire after it has been started.
  • Place grills at least 10 feet from your house.

Hot Coals

  • Dispose of hot coals after they have cooled.

Matches & Lighters

  • Keep matches and lighters in a safe place away from children.
  • Purchase lighters with a child-resistant feature.

Garden Hoses
Outdoor water play is popular for young children during the summer time. Please consider the drought before using this valuable resource.

  • Water directly from a standing hose can be extremely hot, don’t place water from a standing house directly on skin.
  • Run the garden hose water until it is cool before using.

Automobiles

  • If your vehicle overheats, do not remove the radiator cap until you are sure the engine has cooled down and use a rag when removing the cap.
  • Include a fire extinguisher in your vehicle.
  • Include tools and other emergency equipment.
  • Avoid burns by being aware of metal in your car that may have been exposed to the sun.
  • “Beat the heat, check the back seat”
    • Check for small children in a car seat.
    • Never leave children unattended in a vehicle.
    • Never leave pets in a vehicle during the summer.

Gasoline

  • Store gasoline in approved safety cans.
  • Store gasoline away from open flames.
  • Store gasoline out of the reach of children.

Fireworks Safety

The safest and most effective way to prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths is to leave all fireworks displays to trained professionals and attend an outdoor public display.

If you live in an area where consumer fireworks (safe and sane fireworks) are legal, then please follow these safety tips: (NOTE: Safe and sane fireworks are legal for Gilroy residents only)

  • Follow Federal and State firework laws. Every state has rules and regulations concerning the use, possession, and distribution of all types of fireworks. Knowing the laws in your state can keep you safe, prevent fines, and protect you from purchasing unsafe or illegal fireworks. View updated laws for every state concerning fireworks.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Use fireworks in clear and open areas that are clear of any obstructions. Also, be sure that the area where fireworks will be used is clear of dry, potentially flammable grass, wood, or debris. It is also recommended that you monitor your state’s wildfire warnings and make sure there isn’t a fire weather watch in effect. These warnings occur during extended periods of dry weather and higher than average wind speeds. During these conditions lighting fireworks could lead to potentially lethal wildfires.

  • Only adults should use fireworks. A majority of fireworks-related injuries happen to children under the age of 15. Understanding the risks fireworks pose to children and the importance of having adults present to handle fireworks can greatly decrease injuries and deaths.

  • Light fireworks on flat surfaces. Using a flat surface is extremely important when lighting fireworks. If the area where you are using fireworks is uneven, there is the potential they could tip over and shoot off horizontally, which could result in an injury to a person, property damage, or fires.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher ready. Have a fire extinguisher nearby. When using fireworks there should be at least one person assigned the duty of operating the fire extinguisher in case something should go wrong.

  • Store and dispose of fireworks safely. Do not store fireworks for extended periods of time. When storing fireworks keep them in a cool dry place AND out of the reach of children. Once a firework is used it should be allowed to rest for 15 to 20 minutes and then placed in a bucket of water to soak thoroughly. After the rest and soak period, they can be safely disposed of in a regular trash receptacle. Both of these steps are important because if fireworks are not soaked properly there is a potential for heat to be trapped inside of them and they can reignite and cause trash fires. Also, be careful when cleaning up debris from used fireworks since certain parts may still be extremely hot, combustible, or sharp.

  • Keep your distance. It is important to stand a safe distance away from lit fireworks, including before, during, and after the launch. It is also important to keep a safe distance away in case a firework is a dud or malfunctions since in some of these instances there will be a delayed launch. It is recommended that all spectators be 30 feet away from all fountain style fireworks or anything that emits sparks.

  • Do not experiment with fireworks. A significant number of injuries and deaths associated with fireworks come from tampering with the original design of the firework. Occasionally individuals will combine the explosive material from inside fireworks in an attempt to create larger, more powerful fireworks. This is extremely dangerous and often leads to unpredictable and hazardous results.