SANTA MARIA, Calif. – The City of Santa Maria is offering free yard signs for noise-sensitive residents before the Fourth of July.
The signs are an initiative to aid veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), people with autism, and animals who may be triggered by the loud sounds of fireworks.
Signs and yard stakes may be picked up by appointment at City Hall, 110 East Cook Street, Mondays through Thursdays. To make an appointment, call the City Public Information Manager at 805-925-0951 extension 2372.
County Animal Services at 548 West Foster Road will have pet crates available for loan (pick up Friday, June 30, return Wednesday, July 5) to keep pets safe.
"Pets can be terrified by fireworks," warned animal services. "Take precautions, be prepared. Talk to your veterinarian as he/she may be able to prescribe sedatives for pets. Be sure the pet is wearing a tag and is microchipped." If a pet goes missing, be sure to visit the Animal Services Shelter or call 805-934-6119.
The fireworks hotline in Santa Maria is 805-925-0951 extension 3473 (FIRE).
Questions may be directed to the City Manager’s Office 805-925-0951 ext. 2372 or ext. 2200.
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